Publication Date

Spring 4-20-2010


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 and Veterans 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.


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