The Politics of Covert Activity

  • Mary ManjikianEmail author


This chapter presents three narratives often deployed to “rescue the state” from charges that it itself is queer—through deflecting the charges to another actor. Narrative One posits that states sometimes engage in covert activity/queer foreign policy (on the down low), but that doesn’t make them queer; other states in the international community collude to pretend they don’t notice such queer behavior—adopting a “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy when it comes to state’s queer behavior. The second narrative suggests that the state’s policy appears queer only because the president, independently, behaved queerly and such behavior is therefore not indicative of the state’s identity. The third narrative suggests that while the IC sometimes oversteps its role and ends up making alternate foreign policy, this is due to an agency refusing to perform its expected role, rather than because the state itself is queer.


Foreign policy Covert activity State Queer Diplomacy Intervention 


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  1. 1.Regent UniversityVirginia BeachUSA

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