GLOBE Webinar | Secrets in Global Governance
Available in video:
Allison Carnegie (Columbia University) and Austin Carson (University of Chicago) join the GLOBE Webinar Series to discuss their new book "Secrets in Global Governance" (Cambridge, 2020). A dicussant will then offer some reflections before an audience Q&A.
The GLOBE Webinar Series – The Future of Global Governance – presents the latest and most cutting-edge research in global governance and gives audience members the opportunity to directly engage with leading scholars in the field. Each webinar focuses on a significant new book that has potential to shape future thought on global governance, featuring a presentation by the author, an intervention from an expert discussant, and a Q&A session with the audience.
About the book: 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 international organizations (IOs) with secrecy can be a critical tool for eliciting sensitive information and increasing cooperation. States are often deterred from disclosing information about violations of international rules by concerns of revealing commercially sensitive economic information or the sources and methods used to collect intelligence. IOs equipped with effective confidentiality systems can analyze and act on sensitive information while preventing its wide release. Carnegie and Carson use statistical analyses of new data, elite interviews, and archival research to test this argument in domains across international relations, including nuclear proliferation, international trade, justice for war crimes, and foreign direct investment. Secrets in Global Governance brings a groundbreaking.
About the authors: Allison Carnegie is an Associate Professor (with tenure) of Political Science at Columbia University. Her research interests include international relations, international organizations, and international political economy. Austin Carson is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago. His main research focus is the politics of secrecy in International Relations.
Moderator: Kari Otteburn