Disrupt and Deny: Spies, Special Forces, and the Secret Pursuit of British Foreign Policy
Rory Cormac

Disrupt and Deny: Spies, Special Forces, and the Secret Pursuit of British Foreign Policy

Covert action has long been a central instrument in British foreign policy. In an era of global decline, it has been used by successive Prime Ministers and Foreign Secretaries to fill the gap between British obligations and strength. Despite this, British covert action remains a deeply misunderstood topic. Most Unusual Measures examines British approaches to covert action since 1945. It explores how and why secret government strategy has evolved from the aftermath of the Second World War, through the Cold War and decolonisation, and into the twenty-first century. Focusing on the changing targets, competing interests, departmental rivalries, and the personalities of those involved, Most Unusual Measures assesses the British ‘way’ in covert action. 

Book Details:

  • Author: Rory Cormac
  • Published Year: 2018
  • Rights Sold
    • UK: OUP

Rory Cormac

Born in 1985, Rory Cormac grew up on the coast in South Devon. He was educated at the University of Nottingham and King's College London. Rory has now returned to Nottingham as a lecturer in international relations. His research focuses on intelligence and covert operations. Rory has previously worked at King's College London and the University of Warwick. He is the author of 'Confronting the Colonies: British Intelligence and Counterinsurgency' (Hurst 2013). Rory has also published numerous academic articles on intelligence, irregular threats, and covert action in journals from Intelligenc...
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