Eleni Braat is Assistant Professor in International History at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. Her research interests focus on secret government activities, such as intelligence and international diplomacy, and the political tensions they led to in Europe during the 20th century. She obtained her Ph.D. from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, with a thesis on the disarmament negotiations in the 1920s. She holds a M.A. with honours in Modern Greek literature from the University of Amsterdam, and a Diplôme d’études approfondies (DEA) with the highest distinction in history from the École des hautes études en sciences sociales in Paris. Before joining Utrecht University, Braat has lectured at the Institute for History of Leiden University and she has been official historian of the Dutch General Intelligence and Security Service (AIVD). She is a member of the executive board of the Netherlands Intelligence Studies Association (NISA). 

Strategic themes / Focus areas
Involved in the following study programme(s)
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All publications
  2018 - Scholarly publications
Corduwener, P. & Braat, E.C. (2018). 1989 and the West. Western Europe since the End of the Cold War. Routledge.
Corduwener, P. & Braat, E.C. (2018). Introduction. Towards a History of Western Europe since the Cold War. 1989 and the West. Western Europe and the End of the Cold War Routledge.
  2017 - Scholarly publications
Braat, E.C. & Baudet, Floribert (2017). Intelligence Accountability in a Globalizing World - Towards an Instrument of Measuring Effectiveness. In Floribert Baudet, Eleni Braat, Jeoffrey van Woensel & Aad Wever (Eds.), Perspectives on Military Intelligence from the First World War to Mali - Between Learning and Law (pp. 221-242). T.M.C. Asser Press, Springer.
Braat, E.C. (2017). Military Intelligence - Telling Telling Truth to Power to Bewilderment. In Floribert Baudet, Eleni Braat, Jeoffrey van Woensel & Aad Wever (Eds.), Perspectives on Military Intelligence from the First World War to Mali - Between Learning and Law (pp. 1-22). T.M.C. Asser Press, Springer.
Braat, E.C. (2017). Naar een verdere professionalisering van de Nederlandse inlichtingengeschiedenis’ - Recensie van Constant Hijzen, Vijandbeelden. De Veiligheidsdiensten en de Democratie, 1912-1992 (Boom 2016). Tijdschrift Voor Geschiedenis
Braat, E.C., Baudet, Floribert, van Woensel, Jeoffrey & Wever, Aad (2017). Perspectives on Military Intelligence from the First World War to Mali - Between Learning and Law. (242 p.). T.M.C. Asser Press, Springer.
  2017 - Professional publications
Braat, E.C. (25.01.2017). Trump Blaast CIA Op. Stuk Rood Vlees. Politicologie en Actualiteit
Braat, E.C. (24.01.2017). Val Geheime Diensten Niet Af. Nederlands Dagblad, (pp. 12-13) (2 p.).
  2017 - Other output
Braat, E.C. (2017). Secrecy as an Institution - Organizational Culture within the Dutch Security Service, 1950s-1990s.
Braat, E.C. (2017). State Secrecy and the Historian’s Craft - Three Approaches to Lifting the Veil of Classified Government Archives.
  2016 - Scholarly publications
Braat, E.C. (2016). Dutch Intelligence and Security Services. In Peter C. Oleson (Eds.), AFIO's Guide to the Study of Intelligence (pp. 661-670) (10 p.). Falls Church, Virginia: Association of Former Intelligence Officers.
Braat, E.C. (2016). Fur die politische Normalisierung von Geheimdienstarbeit. In Magnus Pahl, Gorch Pieken & Matthias Rogg (Eds.), Achtung Spione! Geheimdienste in Deutschland von 1945 bis 1956 (pp. 389-407) (19 p.). Sandstein Verlag.
Braat, E.C. (2016). Recurring tensions between secrecy and democracy - Arguments on the Security Service in Dutch parliament, 1975-1995. Intelligence and National Security, 31 (4), (pp. 532-555) (24 p.).
Braat, E.C. (24.02.2016) Invited speaker Studium Generale Utrecht (17.02.2016) Studium Generale
  2016 - Popularising publications
Braat, E.C. (24.02.2016) Invited speaker Studium Generale (Utrecht University) (01.01.2013) Gevoelige Geschiedenis. Historici en Staatsgeheimen
Braat, E.C., Hijzen, C.W. & Wiebes, C. (14.01.2016). Hervorm de Commissie Inlichtingen. De Volkskrant [online]
Braat, E.C., Hijzen, Constant & Wiebes, Cees (11.02.2016). Schoothond of waakhond - De parlementaire controle of geheime diensten in Nederland. Stuk Rood Vlees. Politicologie en Actualiteit
  2016 - Other output
  2015 - Scholarly publications
Braat, E.C. (2015). Guide to the Study of Intelligence - Dutch Intelligence and Security Services. The Intelligencer. Journal of US Intelligence Studies, 21 (2), (pp. 41-46) (6 p.).
Braat, E.C. (2015). Review Alexis Rappas 'Cyprus in the 1930s'. Historein, 15 (1).
  2013 - Scholarly publications
Braat, E.C. (2013). The Dutch East Indies and the Netherlands in the international disarmament debate of the 1920s - Why the colonies were of secondary interest. State, economy, society (19th-20th centuries). Essays in honor of emeritus professor George B. Dertilis. - Κράτος, οικονομία, κοινωνία (19ος-20ος αιώνας) Athens: Metaichmio Publications.
  2012 - Scholarly publications
  2011 - Scholarly publications
Braat, E.C. (2011). Dutch neutrality in the Pacific: a dead letter - A perspective from the international disarmament debate, 1921-1931. South East Asia Research, 19 (1), (pp. 107-124).
  2008 - Scholarly publications
Braat, E.C. (2008). Le pacifisme confessionel face au désarmement dans les Pays-Bas, 1925-1933. In Jean-Paul Cahn, Françoise Knopper & Anne-Marie Saint-Gille (Eds.), De la guerre juste à la paix juste. Aspects confessionnels de la construction de la paix dans l'espace franco-allemand (XVIe-XXe siècle) Villeneuve d'Asq: Presses universitaires du Septentrion.
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Eleni Braat's general line of research concerns the political construction of secrecy during the 20th century in Europe, in the field of intelligence and diplomacy in particular. Covert action and international diplomacy require a certain amount of secrecy, the scope of which, however, eventually depends on the degree to which parliament is willing to give up control. The scope of secrecy constructed through political debate, including its strategies and contingencies,  produces the actual, formal scope of secrecy these state institutions have and their discretion to partly operate outside of parliamentary control.

Braat’s current research assesses the nature of arguments by parliamentarians on the existence and work of secret services. By comparing Dutch, French, Italian and Greek political argumentation between 1975 and 1995 Braat aims to contribute to our knowledge on how framing on intelligence changed over time – from the Cold War to the decade of openness – and how this varied across countries in Europe with different experiences and associations with secret intelligence. 

Other current research projects include a book project, together with Pepijn Corduwener (Utrecht University), on post-Cold War history of Western Europe. This project investigates the consequences of the end of the Cold War for Western Europe since 1989 on a geopolitical, economic and domestic-political level. Pepijn Corduwener and Eleni Braat have convened an international workshop on this theme in Utrecht in the spring of 2017. Another current book project, together with Floribert Baudet, Jeoffrey van Woensel and Aad Wever, is an edited volume on military intelligence, to be published in 2017 with Asser Press. It is largely based on the 2014 conference of the Netherlands Intelligence Studies Association (NISA), Telling Truth to Power: the Past, Present, and Future of Military Intelligence.  

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Currently dr. Eleni Braat teaches the following course(s):
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