Secret Wars: Covert Conflict in International Politics
Please join the Mortara Center for the Annual Lepgold Book Prize Award and Lecture honoring Austin Carson (University of Chicago) for his book Secret Wars: Covert Conflict in International Politics (Princeton University Press, 2018) on Monday, November 11th, from 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. at the Mortara Center. Lunch will be served.
Secret Wars is the first book to systematically analyze the ways 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, Austin Carson 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.
Austin Carson is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago. His main research focus is the politics of secrecy in International Relations. His first book, Secret Wars: Covert Conflict in International Politics (Princeton UniversityPress, 2018), analyzes puzzling secrecy patterns that arise when outside powers intervene in foreign wars.
The Georgetown University Lepgold Book Prize honors Joseph S. Lepgold, a Georgetown University Government and School of Foreign Service professor who died in a tragic hotel fire in Paris in December 2001. The prize honors exceptional contributions to the study of international relations, with particular emphasis on the resolution of critical policy challenges, published each calendar year.