Research

Book manuscript

Facing Off and Saving Face: Secrecy and Limited War in World Politics
Under review, Princeton University Press

The book analyzes the covert side of five major 20th century conflicts, introducing a new theory of secrecy linking its use to states’ efforts to limit the scale and scope of conflict in an age of industrialized warfare and nuclear weaponry.  The theory is built, in part, on adapted insights from Erving Goffman about secrecy and the “back stage collusion” we use in everyday life to define our social encounters and avoid crises.  The book analyzes covert military intervention before, during, and after the Cold War.  It features case studies of the Spanish Civil War, Korean War, Vietnam War, the 1980s war in Afghanistan, and Iraq after 2003.  

Recent articles

Facing Off and Saving Face: Covert Intervention and Escalation Management in the Korean War, International Organization, Vol 70, Iss 1, Winter 2016, pp. 103-131. [PDF]

Covert Communication: The Intelligibility and Credibility of Signaling in Secret (with Keren Yarhi-Milo), Security Studies, Vol 26, No 1, 2017, pp. 124-156. [PDF]

The Spotlight’s Harsh Glare:  Rethinking Publicity and International Order (with Allison Carnegie), International Organization, forthcoming.

Current papers (drafts available on request)

Hidden in Plain Sight: Escalation Control and the Covert Side of the Vietnam War

The Disclosure Dilemma: Nuclear Intelligence and International Organization (with Allison Carnegie)

Rethinking Secrecy in International Politics

Amity Lines and Escalation Ladders:  Schmitt, Schelling, and the Limited War Tradition (with Eric Grynaviski)

The Power in Opacity: Rethinking Information in International Organizations  (with Alexander Thompson)