Upcoming Workshop on Secrecy in International Relations

Thursday, Apr 4, 2019

On April 26th, the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance and the Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice will host a workshop on secrecy in international relations. The workshop is co-organized by Keren Yarhi-Milo and Austin Carson, and was made possible by generous support from the

The past decade has seen growing scholarly interest in a range of applications of, motives for, and consequences of secrecy in IR. Participants will present working drafts of new research on secrecy-related themes, including but not limited to secret negotiations, private venues for arbitration and dispute resolution, secret alliances, covert operations, and leaks. The workshop will feature a series of sessions discussing individual papers and a final session on larger themes. Each session will include significant time for comments and critiques; attendees are therefore expected to read and comment on other submissions. 

This workshop will feature a collection of new work on secrecy in IR. Topics will include trade-offs in conducting statecraft secretly, the loss of secrecy via bureaucratic leaks, forms of covert information warfare, and secrets among allies. The event is intended to showcase and improve innovative research on secrecy themes which represent the next steps in this research program. Depending on interest and thematic unity, the work presented at the event may be the basis for a journal symposium or edited volume proposal. All sessions will be open to Princeton graduate students and faculty. 

Details on the workshop agenda can be found at https://niehaus.princeton.edu/workshops/secrectIR/agenda.


This conference is open to Princeton University faculty, research fellows, and graduate and undergraduate students only.