Austin Carson currently specializes in secrecy and intelligence and their relationship to International Relations theory, international security and global governance. At the core of all his projects is an interest in understanding how governments selectively reveal and conceal what they do and the disjuncture this creates between the “front stage” and “back stage” of international politics.
His first book, forthcoming at Princeton University Press, analyzes covert forms of military intervention and their role in states’ pursuit of limited war. Other work assesses the way states signal via covert action, the politics of "open secrets," the impact of publicity on international rules, sensitive information in international organizations and theories of limited war. His research has been published in International Organization, Security Studies and Journal of Conflict Resolution.
He has held research fellowships at the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance at Princeton University, the Institute for Security and Conflict Studies at George Washington University and the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C.