Overview. Current Intelligence is a quarterly bulletin featuring original essays on the issues of the day. It takes as its remit observation and analysis of current affairs, focusing on politics, society, business and the environment, especially of Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Each issue provides the space for specialists to communicate the results of ongoing research. They have included new, established and critically-acclaimed scholars, including Faisal Devji, Stephen D.K. Ellis, Anatol Lieven, Jon Western and others.
Submissions. We accept original essays that conform to house style, quality and focus. Longer feature essays of 4,000 to 5,000 words deal with timely, topical subjects central to the theme of each quarterly issue of Current Intelligence. Shorter analytical items of 1,250 words address a wider variety of issues. We also welcome speculative queries from prospective contributors interested in discussing potential essay topics.
Guidelines. Essays should be well written and well reasoned, for a literate and well informed but general reading audience. Jargon should be avoided. Rigorous in-text reference to sources and evidence is expected, but formal citations and footnotes should be kept to a minimum. Each submission must be sent as an email attachment in editable format, accompanied by a cover note stating author credentials, prospective essay title, and a concise description of main argument(s), theme(s) and source(s) used.
Access. Current Intelligence is available in multiple formats. Searchable archives of online content, including tables of contents for each issue, are freely available to site visitors. Beginning in 2013, paying subscribers will have access to additional content available only in the quarterly print and digital editions, and will benefit from home delivery of the print edition and email delivery of the digital edition. Individual and institutional subscribers will also enjoy substantial savings on the newsstand price, and significant discounts are available for members of academic, non-profit, military and government institutions.
Services. Supplemental and extended subscriptions are available to clients requiring more frequent, focused or in-depth coverage of regional and thematic issues. Tailored to specific requirements, the range of possible offerings is quite broad, but can be generally understood to support clients whose interests and activities require in-depth knowledge of emerging and frontier markets. Frequency and medium of reporting can be similarly bespoke, to include daily, weekly and quarterly alerts, reports, special studies, and briefings.
History. Current Intelligence has been operating in various forms and under various names since December 2007. It began its life as The Agenda, the house blog of the Complex Terrain Laboratory, a much larger project. The Agenda was eventually renamed Current Intelligence, and in late 2009 was spun off from the Complex Terrain Laboratory into an independent entity with the current URL and its own ISSN number. In early 2010, it was registered as a private company in the UK under the name Current Intelligence Magazine Limited. Current Intelligence published daily and monthly content online, and quickly gained a substantial reading audience. In late 2011, the company was renamed Thesiger & Company Limited ("Thesigers") to more accurately reflect its interest in consulting services and field research, and in early 2012, Thesigers began publishing Current Intelligence on a quarterly basis in both online and PDF formats. In 2013, Thesigers began offering print and digital editions of Current Intelligence on a subscription basis.