Oscars for Intelligence

bondslarge2.jpg It is difficult to conjur up an image of the “intelligence community” without the CIA or other US intelligence agencies. So, it might come as a surprise to see that no US body has made it to the list of the world’s top intelligence agencies, published by Foreign Policy this month.

And the winners are:

1. Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR)

Area of expertise: Officially – counterterrorism and protecting Russian commercial interests abroad. Unofficially – consolidating political power back home.

2. China’s Ministry of State Security

Area of expertise: Industrial espionage and data analysis, domestic security

3. India’s Research and Analysis Wing

Area of expertise: Destabilizing Pakistan

4. Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence

Area of expertise: Destabilizing India

5. Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service (MI6)

Area of expertise: Counterterrorism, James Bond nostalgia

6. Israel’s The Mossad

Area of expertise: Combating Islamist terrorism, evacuating Jewish refugees

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