Regulating Covert Action

Paperback | April 15, 2011

byW. Michael Reisman, James E. Baker

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Covert activity has always been a significant element of international politics. When it has served their interests, governments have secretly disseminated propaganda in other countries, manipulated foreign economies, and abetted coups against their adversaries. What are the circumstances, if any, in which it is lawful, under international law or United States law, to resort to covert action either directly or through local proxies? When is it right to do so?

 

This book is the first to assess the lawfulness of covert action under United States and international law and to face candidly the implications for democratic states that covert operations pose. Michael Reisman and James E. Baker identify different types of covert actions, discussing a variety of cases that include the Trujillo assassination in 1961, the Rainbow Warrior in 1985, and the raid on Libya in 1986. After explaining the complex operations of the international legal system, they explore trends in decision making and the conditions that accounted for them—whether the covert operations were proactive, defensive, or reactive. They examine in detail the procedures followed in the United States to authorize and oversee covert activity and propose guidelines for political leaders who may contemplate using covert techniques. An appendix reviews twenty years of allegations of covert aggression brought to the attention of the United Nations Security Council.

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Covert activity has always been a significant element of international politics. When it has served their interests, governments have secretly disseminated propaganda in other countries, manipulated foreign economies, and abetted coups against their adversaries. What are the circumstances, if any, in which it is lawful, under internati...

W. Michael Reisman is Wesley Newcomb Hohfeld Professor of Jurisprudence at the Yale Law School. James E. Baker is Attorney Adviser in the Office of the Legal Adviser, Department of State.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:260 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:April 15, 2011Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0300176945

ISBN - 13:9780300176940

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