At a workshop held on July 1, 2010, policymakers and intelligence officers from a diverse array of organizations gathered to discuss how consumers of intelligence might be better served by analysis whose focus is longer term or more strategic than the current reporting that dominates today's intelligence production. In these proceedings, the authors explain the purpose of strategic and long-term analysis, examine some of the challenges and issues faced by practitioners, use the example of U.S. policy in the Middle East to explore the process of testing assumptions, and present recommendations for communicating with policymakers. An appendix presents relevant lessons from the private sector.
Table of Contents
The Purpose of Strategic and Long-Term Analysis
Issues in Strategic Analysis
A Provocative Example: U.S. Policy in the Middle East
Strategic Analysis and Policymakers
Strategic Analysis: Lessons from Practice in Other Realms
List of Participants
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