Intelligence is a dirty business. When you deal with human ills such as terrorism, espionage and foreign interference you have to talk to some pretty nasty characters (terrorists, spies, etc.). So what if that nasty character is a state? Saudi Arabia’s involvement in the brutal assassination of Jamal Kashoggi in Istanbul in October 2018 is a good example of behaviour that goes against Western sensitivity at a minimum. As a consequence, should we, in the West writ large, not see the Kingdom as an intelligence partner? Borealis unpacks this complicated issue.
By Phil Gurski
Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd., a 32-year veteran of CSE and CSIS and the author of six books on terrorism.