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Secret Wars

Austin Carson


This is the first book to systematically analyze the ways that powerful states covertly participate in foreign wars, showing a recurring pattern of such behavior stretching from World War I to U.S.-occupied Iraq. Investigating what governments keep secret during wars and why, the book argues that leaders maintain the secrecy of state involvement as a response to the persistent concern of limiting war. Keeping interventions “backstage” helps control escalation dynamics, insulating leaders from domestic pressures while communicating their interest in keeping a war contained. It shows that covert ... More

Keywords: foreign wars, governments, government secrets, state secrecy, covert operations, conflicts, modern war, state powers, rival powers, military confrontation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780691181769
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691181769.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Austin Carson, author
University of Chicago