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King University News :: King Professor and Expert on Espionage to Discuss "Spies and Lies :: An Introduction to the World of Espionage" at Kingsport Center for Higher Education Nov. 19

KINGSPORT, Tenn. – Dr. Joseph Fitsanakis, an assistant professor of Political Science and director of the King Institute for Security and Intelligence Studies (KISIS) at King University, will discuss “Spies and Lies: An Introduction to the World of Espionage,” at the Kingsport Center for Higher Education on Tuesday, Nov. 19.

“The talk is designed to dispel some of the myths about spies and espionage in the public perception,” says Fitsanakis. “I will discuss the reality of espionage versus its image in the media and will explore the real world of intelligence and espionage.”

The event is sponsored by the King Institute for Security and Intelligence Studies. KISIS is a nonpartisan organization dedicated to the scholarly study and advancement of security and intelligence issues.

“The lecture will serve as an outreach of KISIS to the community,” says Fitsanakis. “It is important for members of our community to understand how topics such as espionage, discussed on the news on almost a daily basis, impact us on a local, regional, national, and global basis. The Institute strives to advance society’s understanding of the nature of intelligence and the changing security landscape in the 21st century.”

Recent KISIS co-sponsored lectures included several talks by Joyce Connery, director of nuclear energy policy within the Office of International Economics on the National Security Council, and John Buchanan, 26-year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and director of the White House Situation Room, who was with President Barack Obama the day al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was slain.

“Dr. Fitsanakis is a dynamic speaker and individual,” says Mona Salyer, King University executive director of Enrollment Management. “We are excited to offer this opportunity for the Kingsport community to come to KCHE to hear his insights and learn about his experience in the world of security and intelligence.”

Fitsanakis has authored several books and articles on the history and politics of intelligence and international espionage. His work has been referenced in hundreds of outlets around the world, including The Washington Post, The New York Times, BBC, ABC, The Boston Herald, Politico, Al Jazeera, The Huffington Post, and Studies In Intelligence (the journal of the Central Intelligence Agency). He is senior editor of and a regular contributor to specialized publications such as Embassy, The Diplomat, Foreign Policy Journal, Homeland Security Today, The Intelligencer, and others.

Dr. Fitsanakis was born in Crete, the largest of the Greek islands, and has lived in many countries. He received his General Certificate of Education Advanced level (GCE) in Communications from Exeter College, and his Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Media and Communication Technology from the Center for Contemporary Cultural Studies at the University of Birmingham in England. He then received his Master of Science in Technology and Society and his PhD in Interception of Communications from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Fitsanakis came to the United States from the United Kingdom in 1998. He joined King University in 2007.

Fitsanakis is a member of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers and the International Association for Intelligence Education. He is also a member of the International Advisory Board of the Mediterranean Council for Intelligence Studies, and the Research Institute for European and American Studies. His research interests lie in the areas of international espionage, domestic security and surveillance, and the history and practice of intelligence with particular reference to the CIA and the National Security Agency.

Dr. Joseph Fitsanakis will discuss Spies and Lies: An Introduction to the World of Espionage,” at the Kingsport Center for Higher Education on Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 7-9 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Dana McMurray, King University Territory Manager for Kingsport at 423.652.4861 or, or visit


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