Helms School of Government
Government: International Studies
Primary Subject Area
History, United States; History, Russian and Soviet
Central Intelligence Agency, CIA, Soviet Union, Cold War Era, Establishment of CIA
American Politics | Comparative Politics | Defense and Security Studies | International Relations | Military Studies | Peace and Conflict Studies | Policy Design, Analysis, and Evaluation | Policy History, Theory, and Methods | Soviet and Post-Soviet Studies
The purpose of this thesis is to explore the creation of the Central Intelligence Agency and its role in the Cold War. Great detail highlights the timeliness of the CIA’s creation and dynamic role over the years that followed its founding. For half a century, attempts to understand the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics dominated the CIA’s agenda. Thus, careful study of this era is important to understanding the progression of intelligence within the United States. The avenue of research for this thesis was a collaboration of published books, online journals, credible websites, and personal interviews. The development of the CIA consisted of much trial and error. Despite the blunders that the agency made, the CIA’s achievements would make its existence significantly worthwhile.
American Politics Commons, Comparative Politics Commons, Defense and Security Studies Commons, International Relations Commons, Military Studies Commons, Peace and Conflict Studies Commons, Policy Design, Analysis, and Evaluation Commons, Policy History, Theory, and Methods Commons, Soviet and Post-Soviet Studies Commons