By Edward Lucas
Edward Lucas - Deception: The Untold tale of East-West Espionage Today
From the catch of Sidney Reilly, the 'Ace of Spies', via Lenin's Bolsheviks in 1925, to the deportation from the united states of Anna Chapman, the 'Redhead below the Bed', in 2010, Kremlin and Western spymasters have battled for supremacy for almost a century.
In Deception Edward Lucas uncovers the true tale of Chapman and her colleagues in Britain and the United States, unveiling their clandestine missions and the spy-hunt that ended in their downfall. It unearths unknown triumphs and failures of Western intelligence within the chilly struggle, offering the heritage to the hot global of business and political espionage. to inform the tale of post-Soviet espionage, Lucas attracts on unique interviews with Russia's best NATO secret agent, Herman Simm, and unveils the awful therapy of a Moscow attorney who dared to problem the ruling legal syndicate there.
Once the probability from Moscow used to be overseas communism; now it comes from the siloviki, Russia's ruthless "men of power." "The outcome," Lucas argues, "will ascertain even if the West brings Russia towards its criteria of liberty, legality, and cooperation, or no matter if Russia will form the West's destiny as we accommodate (or even undertake) the authoritarian crony-capitalism that's the Moscow regime's hallmark."
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Of course, this is always easier said than done, since even in the largest, most ethnically diverse society there are few who are intimately familiar (in the Weberian sense of ‘Verstehen’) with other cultures; moreover, such experts are not necessarily available for intelligence work. As it is self-evident, this point need not be elaborated upon here. More original is the suggestion calling for intelligence organizations to spend more time studying their own culture and society in depth in order better to comprehend (a) how the adversary reacts to or perceives the observer; and (b) how one’s own environment can bias the perception of another society.
Therefore, the more successful a concept has proven to be as a tool for explanation and prediction, the less its fundamental premises will be questioned. But since few areas of human or political activity remain unchanged in antagonistic situations, its very success is eventually bound to be self-negating. If, however, a concept is not founded on any deep-rooted beliefs, and if it has had limited success as a basis for explanation and prediction, then it will be easier to change. Each of these ideal types has its strong and weak points.
Perhaps the only logical observation that can be made regarding this strategy, on the basis of historical evidence, is that, while it can prevail in the short run, it is bound to fail in the long run. Napoleon and Hitler are the best known practitioners of this approach. ’24 But once someone is prepared to pay a high price, it may be added, his price is actually reduced. This leads to the following paradox: ‘The greater the risk, theless likely it seems to be, and the less risky it actually becomes.