US-European intelligence co-operation on counter-terrorism : low politics and compulsion
Aldrich, Richard J. (Richard James), 1961-. (2009) US-European intelligence co-operation on counter-terrorism : low politics and compulsion. British Journal of Politics and International Relations, Vol.11 (No.1). pp. 122-139. ISSN 1369-1481Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-856X.2008.00353.x
Since 9/11, intelligence has been viewed as an integral part of a controversial 'war on terror'. The acrimonious public arguments over subjects such as Iraqi WMD assessments, secret prisons and the interrogation of detainees suggest intense transatlantic discord. Yet improbably, some of those countries that have expressed strident disagreement in public are privately the closest intelligence partners. It is argued here that we can explain this seeming paradox by viewing intelligence co-operation as a rather specialist kind of 'low politics' that is focused on practical arrangements. Intelligence is also a fissiparous activity, allowing countries to work together in one area even while they disagree about something else. Meanwhile, the pressing need to deal with a range of increasingly elusive transnational opponents-including organised crime-compels intelligence agencies to work more closely together, despite their instinctive dislike of multilateral sharing. Therefore, transatlantic intelligence co-operation will continue to deepen, despite the complex problems that it entails.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||J Political Science > JZ International relations
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Politics and International Studies|
|Journal or Publication Title:||British Journal of Politics and International Relations|
|Publisher:||Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.|
|Official Date:||February 2009|
|Number of Pages:||18|
|Page Range:||pp. 122-139|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
|Funder:||Leverhulme Trust (LT)|
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