Counterintuitive: Intelligence Operations and International Law
14 Pages Posted: 20 Nov 2007
This essay addresses proposals for international regulation of intelligence gathering activities. We show that international law currently does not express any strong norms against intelligence gathering. We argue that international law is incapable of regulating such activities and proposals for change would prove counterproductive. Careful attention to the causes of war between rational nation-states shows that these efforts will have the highly undesirable result of making war more, rather than less, likely.
Keywords: intelligence, covert activity, terrorism
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation