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Secrecy, Spies and the Global South: Intelligence Studies beyond the ‘Five Eyes’ Alliance

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posted on 2019-09-17, 14:35 authored by Zakia Shiraz, Richard J. Aldrich
The study of secrecy and spies remain subjects dominated by Anglo-American experiences. In recent years there has been some effort to refocus the lens of research upon ‘intelligence elsewhere’, including the global South. This is partly because of intense interest in the Arab Spring and ‘managed democracy’, placing a wider range of secret services under the spotlight. However, the approach to research is still dominated by concepts and methods derived from studying the English-speaking states of the ‘Five Eyes’ alliance and their European outriders. This article calls for a re-examination of research strategies for Intelligence Studies and for those theorizing surveillance, suggesting that both fields have much to learn from area studies and development studies, especially in the realm of research practice and ethics. If the growing number of academics specializing in intelligence genuinely wish to move forward and examine the global South they will need to rethink their tool-kit and learn from other disciplines. We suggest there is a rich tradition to draw upon.

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Citation

International Affairs, Volume 95, Issue 6, November 2019, Pages 1313–1329, https://doi.org/10.1093/ia/iiz200

Author affiliation

/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, ARTS AND HUMANITIES/School of History, Politics and International Relations

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  • AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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International Affairs

Volume

95

Issue

6

Pagination

1313-1329

Publisher

Oxford University Press (OUP) for Royal Institute of International Affairs

issn

0020-5850

Acceptance date

2019-09-17

Copyright date

2019

Available date

2021-11-01

Language

en

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