Editorial and speaker topics include historical and contemporary analysis of intelligence, political violence, terrorism, propaganda, disinformation, informal diplomacy, secret elite networks, socio-political movements, and power structures.
Hänni has provided expert commentary and political analysis for international and Swiss media outlets, including Neue Zürcher Zeitung (Switzerland), SRF (Switzerland), The Guardian (UK), Middle East Eye (UK), ZDF (Germany), Cicero (Germany), SWR (Germany), Le Point (France), Sol (Portugal), Al Arabiya (Saudi Arabia), The Diplomat (USA), and CBS 60 Minutes (USA). Here is a select list of appearances.
Und ewig tobt der Informationskrieg
Dossier: «Digitale Desinformation»
Ausgabe 1103 – Februar 2023
State disinformation campaigns are not a new phenomenon, including among Western actors. Hänni discusses the history of modern disinformation and its transformation in the digital age.
Ungeklärte Todesfälle: Politisch motivierte Cold Cases
Switzerland has repeatedly been the scene of politically motivated deaths and assassinations. Some of these criminal cases remain unsolved. In this series of five incidents, SRF reconstructs the crimes while Hänni provides historical context, showing why they are still a talking point today.
Süddeutsche Zeitung: Geschichte Daily (Podcast)
Propaganda: Die CIA und die Banana-Wars
Not only authoritarian states exploit propaganda. Hardly any story shows this as clearly as that of Guatemala and the CIA. On the SZ podcast “Geschichte Daily”, intelligence historian Adrian Hänni discusses CIA propaganda in the Cold War and specifically the disinformation campaign to undermine the democratic government of Guatemala in 1954.
Emil Bührle, der Waffenschieber
Using archival documents, Hänni brings to light how Swiss industrialist Emil Bührle created a transnational network for his illegal weapons trade during the post-war period.
US-Geheimdienst hörte Schweizer Delegation ab
On 25 May 1946, Switzerland and the western allies – USA, Great Britain, France – concluded the Washington Agreement: Switzerland agrees to pay 250 Million Swiss franc as a contribution to the reconstruction of Europe. Through this watershed agreement, the neutral state overcame its temporary isolation and set the course for its integration into the Western post-war order.
Hänni reveals for the first time how the U.S. was able to intercept Swiss communications in order to gain insights into Switzerland’s negotiation goals and tactics during the three-month of negotiations in Washington. Meanwhile, in Switzerland, the president of the Social Democratic Party (SP), Hans Oprecht, supplied the U.S. Strategic Services Unit (SSU) with valuable information.
International edition (English)
How cold war spymasters found arrogance of Carlos the Jackal too hot to handle
Hänni speaks with the Guardian’s Jason Burke about new research on the relations between states and terrorists during the Cold War.
A joint investigation by SRF Rundschau (Switzerland), ZDF (Germany), and the Washington Post (USA) exposed a worldwide surveillance operation by secret services centered around Crypto AG, a Swiss company. Hänni was interviewed on the Cryptoleaks spy scandal and the activities of foreign intelligence services in Switzerland.
Middle East Eye
Schweizer Monat: Studio Libero
Adrian Hänni über den Kampf gegen Terrorismus (episode #11)
Adrian Hänni talks about the aftermath of September 11, 2001, the role of intelligence services in the fight against terrorism, and the June 13, 2021 PMT vote in Switzerland.
Saudi Arabia (Arabic)
Austria reveals new Turkish spying operations on opponents of Erdogan
Interview to Raghida Bahnam on Al Arabiya about Turkish espionage activities in Austria.
Was lernen wir aus Cryptoleaks?
Studio panel guest in a 75-minute live discussion on the Cryptoleaks spy scandal, Swiss neutrality, and the activities of foreign intelligence services in Switzerland.
Adrian Hänni über die Neutralitätspolitik der Schweiz
Adrian Hänni talks with Kulturzeit about the implications of the “Crypto-Leaks” affair for Switzerland.
Nachrichtendienstchef spricht über russische Spione
Interview on Russian spies in Switzerland and the Swiss intelligence service NDB.
Unchain Your Mind: Episode 22
Unchain Your Mind mit Adrian Hänni – Desinformation im Wandel der Zeit
Guest Adrian Hänni talks about disinformation and black propaganda.
SRF: 4x4 Podcast
SRF 4 News celebrates its 15th anniversary and looks back at a job advertisement of a special kind: 15 years ago, the head of the intelligence service was advertised. Adrian Hänni, historian and intelligence expert, puts the unusual ad in retrospective perspective. Starts at 16:53.
SRF: News Plus
Szenen wie im Film – wie echte Spione Staaten ausspionieren
A suspected Russian spy posed as a Brazilian researcher, and remained undetected for a year before being exposed in Norway. In the “News Plus” podcast, Adrian Hänni discusses this cinematic espionage case.
University of Newcastle
Violence and Its Histories
Hänni appears in an episode of the podcast series developed by the Center for Study of Violence (CSoV) at the University of Newcastle, Australia, to discuss his work with Dr. Elizabeth Roberts-Pedersen.
Origins: Current Events in Historical Perspective
From Cold War to War on Terror
31 July 2018
Discussion about the historical context for today’s war on terror and the Cold War precedents that help explain where we’re at today.
History Talk podcasts are a production of Origins: Current Events in Historical Perspective at the Goldberg Center in the Department of History at The Ohio State University and the Department of History at Miami University.
- Das innerste Auge (2020.11.00). Republik (German).
- Turkish Spy Networks Raise Europe’s Concern (2020.09.29). Asharq Al-Awsat (English).
- Interview on the poisoning of Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny and Russian poison attacks (2020.08.27). Radio SRF 1 (German).
- Die Schweiz hörte mit: Neue Dimension im Fall Crypto (2020.06.24). SRF: Rundschau (German).
- Fakecheck: Woher kommt das Coronavirus (2020.05.01). SRF: 10vor10 (German).
- The Secret Clubs of Intelligence and Security Services: A Look behind the Scenes of Counter-terrorism Cooperation in Europe (2019.03.31). Offiziere.ch (English).
- Warum in der Schweiz so viel spioniert wird (2018.09.17). SRF: 10vor10 (German).
- 8 Millionen Dollar für die Ehefrau des gefürchteten Terroristen Abu Nidal (2017.11.14-15). NZZ (German).
- Brexit-Abstimmung: Das Referendum in der britischen Geschichte (2016.06.21). Journal 21 (German).