6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

Book Launch: Secret Wars: Covert Conflict in International Politics

From Syria to Yemen to Ukraine, the practice of great powers covertly meddling in local wars is alive and well. To mark the launch of his new book, Austin Carson traced the emergence of such practices in the 20th century. He analyzed what governments choose to keep secret during wars and how leaders use this method to cope with distinctly modern war escalation problems. Carson also explored how rival states both collude and compete, while attempting to manipulate the optics of war to keep military confrontations under control.

This book was available for purchase at the event.




  • Austin Carson

    Former Title VIII Summer Research Scholar
    Assistant Professor, University of Chicago