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Discreet Diplomacy: Practices of Secrecy in Transnational Think Tanks
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6797-3892
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
2021 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This paper studies secrecy practices within transnational think tanks. Drawing on ethnographic data from three such organisations, we explore how everyday practices undertaken in secrecy amount to discreet diplomatic efforts. We suggest that transnational think tanks should be understood as “shutter boxes” that engage in three types of secrecy practices: shadowed, hidden, and conspicuously shown. Although outwardly striving for transparency, secrecy practices are vital for transnational think tanks as they strive to establish themselves as actors of consequence in foreign relations and diplomatic circles. Practices of secrecy are part and parcel of the power game played by think tanks, in which all participants learn and master what to discuss and what not to display.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2021.
Keywords [en]
Secrecy, transnational think tanks, diplomacy, ethnography, practices
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Research subject
Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-199373OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-199373DiVA, id: diva2:1617395
Conference
14th Pan-European Conference on International Relations: The Power Politics on Nature, 13-17 September, 2021. Virtual Conference
Funder
Swedish Research Council
Note

EISA-2021 panel: Non-state actors as diplomatic actors

Available from: 2021-12-06 Created: 2021-12-06 Last updated: 2021-12-21

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