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Winners of the 2024 Kjetil Hatlebrekke Memorial Book Prize

The 2024  Kjetil Hatlebrekke Memorial Book Prize is being awarded to two authors: Dr Olga Bertelsen and Dr Dheeraj Paramesha Chaya. Many congratulations.

Dr Bertelsen is being awarded the Hatlebrekke Prize for her book In the Labyrinth of the KGB: Ukraine's Intelligentsia in the 1960s-1970s.

Dr Chaya is receiving the Hatlebrekke Prize for his book India's Intelligence Culture and Strategic Surprises: Spying for South Block.

India's Intelligence Culture and Strategic Surprises: Spying for South Block  authored by Dr Dheeraj Paramesha Chaya

In the Labyrinth of the KGB: Ukraine's Intelligentsia in the 1960s-1970s  authored by Dr Olga Bertelsen


Call for Nominations  

The Kjetil Hatlebrekke Memorial Book Prize is a biennial award recognising scholarship within the realm of global intelligence studies. It was set up by the King’s College Centre for the Study of Intelligence to honour the life and work of the late Dr Kjetil Anders Ely Hatlebrekke. Dr Hatlebrekke was a Norwegian practitioner-scholar with 33 years of service in the Norwegian Armed Forces and the Intelligence Service. He also authored the 2019 book The Problem of Secret Intelligence - a deep fusion of the philosophy of knowledge and real-world intelligence experience.

The Hatlebrekke Prize aims to recognise recent scholarship on intelligence operations, cultures and systems outside the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and New Zealand. It encourages scholars to go beyond traditional areas of inquiry and explore both how intelligence organisations and professionals conduct intelligence in Europe (excluding the UK), Africa, Asia and Latin America, and how that intelligence is applied in military operations, diplomacy and counter-terrorism.

The Kjetil Hatlebrekke prize committee is composed of representatives from the King’s Centre for the Study of Intelligence, the International Journal of Intelligence and CounterIntelligence, the University of Bath and the Norwegian Intelligence School. The Committee will consider monographs about intelligence in non-Five Eyes countries that have been published in 2022 and 2023. These works must be written in English to be eligible. The committee will accept self-nominations by authors as well as nominations by others.


The Prize winner will be invited to give a keynote presentation at The King’s Centre for Intelligence Studies Lecture Series.


The deadline for nominations was 8 December 2023 (midnight UK time). The panel will announce the winner by 09 April 2024. 

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