Challenges Facing the Implementation of “International Intelligence Sharing”

ChallengesFacing the Implementation of “International Intelligence Sharing”


ChallengesFacing the Implementation of “International Intelligence Sharing”

McGill &ampGray (2012) assert that the threats of drug trafficking andtransnational terrorism have considerably altered the application ofinternational intelligence sharing (IIS). In this context, IISdenotes the sharing of information by different government agenciesacross multiple countries. Various countries such as USA, UK, France,and Germany among others have insisted on the widespread applicationof intelligence sharing to avert terrorism, but several challengesremain a hindrance to the implementation of this approach (McGill &ampGray, 2012). In this regards, the discourse will look at the variouschallenges that the extensive application of intelligence sharingfaces.


Lack ofcooperation by some countries suffices as the most predominantchallenge that intelligence sharing faces. Organizationaldeficiencies in most government agencies across the world,politicization of policies, and the existence of failed states havecontributed to increased non-cooperation by some nations. Forexample, countries such as Somalia, Syria, Iraq, and North Korea havenot cooperated with other nations in the application of intelligencesharing (Munton &amp Fredj, 2013). In addition, operational failuresand organizational deficiencies make some agencies lack the knowledgeor the structures to share intelligence or information with othercountries.

On the otherhand, countries’ perceptions and stringent views on thefortification of individual information have influenced informationsharing negatively. Most countries especially those in Europe havepresented resistance to sharing intelligence freely with countriessuch as America due to stringent regulations on the storage anddissemination of individual information. In addition, WikiLeaks hasproffered a hostile situation for intelligence sharing since mostcountries feel that some nations will use the information theyprovide for other intentions or “splatter it on the” internet(McGill &amp Gray, 2012 Munton &amp Fredj, 2013). As such,countries fear that information they share will be leaked to otheragencies and probably the media has sufficed as a challenging aspectfor intelligence sharing.


Perhaps, trust,diplomacy, and harmonious regulations or agreements will improveintelligence sharing greatly, but countries will still faceforeseeable challenges in the application of information sharing. Assuggested, these challenges usually suffice due to mistrust, lack ofcooperation, and deficiencies in the shared information or inagencies tasked with information sharing. In this regards, if thecurrent situation persists i.e. failed states and the lack of acommon objective in averting terrorism, then countries will continueto face these challenges.


McGill, A. K. S., &amp Gray, D. H. (2012). Challenges toInternational Counterterrorism Intelligence Sharing.&nbspGlobalSecurity Studies,&nbsp3(3), 76-86.

Munton, D., &amp Fredj, K. (2013). Sharing Secrets: A Game TheoreticAnalysis of International Intelligence Cooperation.&nbspInternationalJournal of Intelligence and CounterIntelligence,&nbsp26(4),666-692.