Our next CASISTalks event is on March 23, at 7pm ET! We are pleased to have Dr. Dennis Molinaro join us to discuss the book The Bridge in the Parks: The Five Eyes and Cold War Counterintelligence, which brings together scholars from across the Five Eyes and presents case studies detailing the varied successes and struggles their countries experienced in the world of Cold War counter-intelligence. 

The case studies draw on newly declassified documents on a variety of topics, including civil liberties, agent handling, wiretapping, and international relations. Collectively, these studies highlight how Cold War intelligence history is more nuanced than it has often been portrayed – and much like in the world of intelligence, nothing is ever entirely as it seems.

  • ”The Bridge in the Parks is a must-read for anyone interested in the Five Eyes intelligence community. With top scholars covering a range of engaging issues, the book is an important contribution to the field of security and intelligence, addressing the surprisingly overlooked nature of counter-intelligence in the ‘Anglosphere’ during the Cold War. Indeed, current practitioners in the partnership might also prosper from this historical examination of their community.”  — Arne Kislenko, Department of History, Ryerson University
  • “This superb collection offers welcome and necessary insight into assorted intelligence and related practices of Five Eyes countries during the Cold War. The precise configuration of security circumstances may change, but many of the challenges reported in these chapters remain eternal. Understanding the past reported in this book provides, therefore, essential context for evaluating the present and anticipating the future.” — Craig Forcese, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa

This CASISTalks event will be held online and is free for CASIS members. Annual memberships are $20 for students (proof of student status required), and $60 for the general public. General admission (for non-members) for this speaker series event is $15.

Registration information: 

  • Register for the event by emailing [email protected] 
  • Registration is free for CASIS Members and $15 for non-members. Please e-transfer [email protected] 
  • Date: Thursday March 23, 2023; 7pm EST. 
  • Location: Zoom

Dennis Molinaro is a highly-accomplished author and researcher with a Ph.D. degree in History and broad-based education encompassing areas of transnational history, labour, ethnicity, international relations, intelligence, law, and security.

Molinaro currently teaches Canadian foreign policy and the history of intelligence at OntarioTech University. He has also previously taught the History of Modern Espionage at the University of Toronto. He has researched and published a book and articles on the use of wartime powers in peacetime and state security and intelligence policies such as deportation. He was a contributor to the Osgoode’s Canadian State Trials Series and his research on wiretapping in the Cold War received widespread national media coverage. Dennis Molinaro’s (editor) new book  is The Bridge in the Parks: The Five Eyes and Cold War Counter Intelligence.