Kalaris Intelligence Studies

Intelligence Studies at the Center for Security Studies are made possible through the generosity of a fund dedicated in honor of George T. Kalaris (b. May 4, 1922 - d. September 13, 1995).

George T. Kalaris

George Kalaris was born in Billings, Montana. In 1933 at the age of eleven, Mr. Kalaris’ mother took George to Greece. He remained there through the Nazi occupation under false papers. Mr. Kalaris returned to America when he was drafted to the U.S. Army for two years. He then completed law school at the University of Montana. He worked briefly for the National Labor Relations Board before joining the CIA in 1952.

From 1952 until 1974 Mr. Kalaris had spent most of his career as a clandestine operations officer in Greece, Indonesia, Laos, the Philippines and Brazil. He won special admiration for his central role in acquiring a warhead and operational manuals for a Soviet SA-2 anti-aircraft missile in Indochina. In 1974 he was assigned by the CIA to clean up an internal mess left by his predecessor, a seemingly endless hunt for a Soviet agent in its own ranks that had done much internal damage.

After two years of leading the counterintelligence staff, Mr. Kalaris was named chief of the Soviet-East Europe Division, where he continued to try to clean up damage from the spy hunt. He was named special assistant to the new director of central intelligence, Stansfield Turner, in 1979 and the following year was credited with ending decades of hostility between the agency and the FBI with the creation of a joint operation to turn Soviet agents into defectors. He retired in 1980.

Ethos and Profession of Intelligence

June 12, 2014

The Central Intelligence Agency paired up with the Center for Security Studies to host its first public national security conference. The conference featured discussions on a range of national security issues by a stimulating lineup of keynote speakers, panelists, and moderators, all of whom are leaders in their respective fields. Bridging government, academia, the media, and the private sector, this conference gave each participant - on stage and in the audience - new perspectives on the Intelligence Community and how the IC can best serve the open society it defends.


A National Security Discussion with Robert Mueller

October 4, 2013

In October of 2013, SSP students were invited to exchange in a frank and open dialogue with Director Mueller. While his experiences with domestic intelligence and the reaction to 9/11 were hot topics, Director Mueller also provided valuable lessons in leadership and service. As distinguished executive-in-residence at Georgetown, he will provide faculty, students and university leaders with insights and perspectives based on his lengthy career in public service.

Covert Action Conference: Adaptation, Challenges, and Advances

February 7, 2013

Georgetown University's Security Studies Program hosted a number of practitioners and scholars for the Covert Action Conference, held in February 2013. The conference made for a rich discussion on issues of import in the realm of intelligence, featuring a keynote address and four expert panels.


Moles, Defectors, and Deceptions: James Angleton and His Influence on US Counterintelligence

March 29, 2012

A Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and Georgetown University's then-Center for Peace & Security Studies hosted a join conference celebrating the counterintelligence legacy of James Angleton, chief of the CIA's Counterintelligence Staff from 1954 to 1975. The event consisted of a keynote address and three panels, featuring scholars of and specialists within the counterintelligence community. More details on the conference can be found here.

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UK and U.S. Approaches in Countering Radicalization: Intelligence, Communities, and the Internet

April 1, 2011

The then-Center for Peace and Security Studies, The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), and King’s College London’s International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) held a day-long, multisession symposium on the issue of Islamist radicalization. The symposium, held at CFR’s office in Washington, D.C., aimed to bring together leading officials and experts from the United Kingdom and the United States to take stock, exchange best practices and develop fresh ideas for tackling some of the most important issues in the current debate.

This event was made possible by Georgetown University's George T. Kalaris Intelligence Studies Fund and the generous support of longtime CFR member Rita E. Hauser. Additionally, this event was organized in cooperation with the CFR’s Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Initiative.