The Queerness of Intelligence

  • Mary ManjikianEmail author


This chapter describes how intelligence activities and operatives have been ignored and silenced in contemporary international relations scholarship, suggesting that the actions of intelligence operatives have a queer ontological status, since such events are often not made a part of a nation’s formal history, are often covered over, and somehow treated as less real than the formal politics of treaties and invasions. The liminal status of the intelligence agent—ethically, legally, and politically—is also explicated.


Foreign policy Covert activity Surveillance Queer theory Gender 


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  1. 1.Regent UniversityVirginia BeachUSA

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