Locating the Man Who Never Was: Understanding Covert Action in International Relations
6 Sept 2016
Covert action is often associated with the CIA and the Cold War. In reality, states from the UK to France, Russia to Israel have long relied on deniable and indirect interventionism to achieve policy goals. This remains the case today. From Russian intervention in Ukraine to Western activity in the aftermath of the Arab Spring, special operations and covert action continue to appeal to policymakers.