#ForgetJamesBond : diversity, inclusion and the UK’s intelligence agencies

Lomas, DWB ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4254-2225 2021, '#ForgetJamesBond : diversity, inclusion and the UK’s intelligence agencies' , Intelligence and National Security .

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Abstract

Diversity and inclusivity remain top priorities for UK intelligence, having been much maligned for the largely white, male stereotype. The Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament (ISC) has published a number of reports suggesting that even in 2018 the UK’s agencies – MI5, SIS and GCHQ – were still behind Whitehall generally, particularly in senior leadership. Historically, there have been issues with female, BAME and LGBT representation at all levels, with the article placing today’s criticism of the agencies in historical context with a particular focus on the period after 1945. The article also examines the position now and the steps taken by the agencies to promote change. Even if past reviews have provoked criticism, this article argues there are grounds for cautious optimism in efforts to make Britain’s intelligence agencies more representative of society.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Arts & Media
Journal or Publication Title: Intelligence and National Security
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0268-4527
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Depositing User: DWB Lomas
Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2021 07:59
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2021 09:45
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/60837

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