John Prados – Whither Covert Operations?

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Event Date: 29 April – 1 May 2011
East Midlands Conference Centre
University of Nottingham  
University Park
Nottingham NG7 2RJ



Landscapes of Secrecy: The CIA in History, Fiction and Memory


John Prados (National Security Archive) – Whither Covert Operations?

John Prados revisits conclusions drawn in previous studies regarding the efficacy and utility of covert operations methods and reviews them in the light of current and recent international conflicts. He suggests some advances, some areas for debate, and certain continuing difficulties with an operational method that is widely relied-upon even as it remains controversial.

John Prados is a senior fellow of the National Security Archive, co-director of its Iraq Documentation Project, director of its Vietnam Project, and a contributor to its Afghanistan project. His current book is How the Cold War Ended: Debating and Doing History (Potomac Books). His recent book Vietnam: The History of an Unwinnable War (Kansas Press) won the Henry Adams Prize. Prados is the author of seventeen published works on assorted aspects of national security, intelligence, military, or diplomatic history. His articles, papers, and reviews have appeared widely; and he lectures on these and other topics, including the creation of combat models. He is also the designer of award-winning boardgames. Prados holds a PhD in Political Science (International Relations) from Columbia University.

Contact information: National Security Archive, Suite 701, Gelman Library, The George Washington University, 2130 H Street, NW, Washington, D.C., 20037, USA.

Email: nsarchiv@gwu.edu.

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