Norms and Security: The Case of International Assassination

  title={Norms and Security: The Case of International Assassination},
  author={Ward F. Thomas},
  journal={International Security},
Death by Reinterpretation: Dynamics of Norm Contestation and the US Ban on Assassination in the Reagan Years
Recent scholarship analyzes norm dynamics in the US context using the prohibition on assassination contained in Executive Order 12333 as the relevant norm. These studies argue that—before 9/11—theExpand
It‘s Complicated: A Conceptual Framework for Studying Relations and Interactions between International Norms
The paper outlines a framework for studying norm complexity in international politics. We argue that – due to the increasing density and plurality of the global order – relations and interactionsExpand
Secrets in Global Governance: Disclosure Dilemmas and the Challenge of International Cooperation
Scholars have long argued that transparency makes international rule violations more visible and improves outcomes. Secrets in Global Governance revises this claim to show how equipping internationalExpand
The Queerness of Intelligence
This chapter describes how intelligence activities and operatives have been ignored and silenced in contemporary international relations scholarship, suggesting that the actions of intelligenceExpand
Why So Secretive? Unpacking Public Attitudes toward Secrecy and Success in US Foreign Policy
To what extent does transparency in foreign policy making matter to democratic publics? Scholars and policy makers posit a normative commitment to transparency in the conduct of foreign affairs, anExpand
Norm transformation and the institutionalization of targeted killing in the US
This article explains the emergence and institutionalization of the US’s targeted killing practices as a case of norm transformation. I argue that international and domestic US prohibitions onExpand
Questions of life and death: (De)constructing human rights norms through US public opinion surveys
Abstract Public opinion polls on national security issues are often seen as indicators of the strength of international human rights norms. By contrast, we hypothesise that the very act of answeringExpand
The covert campaign against Iran’s nuclear program: Implications for the theory and practice of counterproliferation
ABSTRACTThis paper examines the covert campaign against Iran’s nuclear program and the implications it holds for both the theory and the practice of counterproliferation. The paper evaluates the de...
Norm Mapping: Advancing the Study of Norms in Democracy and Security
ABSTRACT This article introduces a concrete method of constructivist inquiry called norm mapping that illuminates the social dimensions of discrete global security threats and advances the study ofExpand
The instrumental use of norms in war: Impact on strategies and strategic outcomes
ABSTRACT States and non-state actors increasingly use norms instrumentally as integral parts of strategies to help win wars by exploiting political vulnerabilities produced by other actors' adherenceExpand


Sanctions of Mass Destruction
With the demise of the Cold War, virtually all the major problems that afflicted great power relations over the last half-century have been resolved. Many argue, however, that new dangers such asExpand
The Grand Strategy of Philip II.
Culture Clash: Assessing the Importance of Ideas in Security Studies
  • M. Desch
  • Political Science
  • International Security
  • 1998
I Cultural theories have long enjoyed a prominent place in the field of international security. Indeed, two waves have come and gone since the start of World War 11, and we are now at the highExpand
Imagining War: French and British Military Doctrine between the Wars
This text employs a cultural approach to take issue with the conventional wisdom that military organizations inherently prefer offensive doctrines. It argues instead that a military's culture affectsExpand
The Chemical Weapons Taboo
The Culture of National Security: Norms and Identity in World Politics
1: Introduction: Alternative Perspectives on National Security, by Peter J. Katzenstein2: Norms, Identity, and Culture in National Security, by Ronald L. Jepperson, Alexander Wendt, and Peter J.Expand
Just War Principles and Economic Sanctions
Pierce challenges the argument that economic sanctions are always morally preferable to the use of military force. His analysis shows that economic sanctions also inflict great pain, suffering, andExpand
National Interests in International Society
Martha Finnemore gir i sin bok National Interests in International Society et fint bidrag til den konstruktivistiske debatten innen fagfeltet internasjonal politikk. Boka er et resultat av at denExpand
Secret and Sanctioned: Covert Operations and the American Presidency
This groundbreaking new book challenges the notion that covert operations are a twentieth-century phenomenon, recounting a wide array of operations sanctioned by America's Founding Fathers. TheseExpand