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The pinprick approach: Whitehall’s top-secret anti-communist committee and the evolution of British covert action strategy

Cormac, Rory

Authors

RORY CORMAC RORY.CORMAC@NOTTINGHAM.AC.UK
Professor of International Relations



Abstract

This article examines Great Britain’s approach to covert action during the formative years of British Cold War intelligence operations, 1950–1951. Rather than shy away from such activity in the wake of the failure in Albania in the late 1940s, the British increased the number of operations they pursued. This was the start of a coherent strategy regarding covert activity that can be conceptualized as the “pinprick” approach. The strategy was overseen by a highly secretive Whitehall body, the Official Committee on Communism, which in effect became the government’s covert action committee. This article uses the commission’s recently declassified papers for the first time to assess the merits of this approach.

Journal Article Type Article
Journal Journal of Cold War Studies
Print ISSN 1520-3972
Electronic ISSN 1531-3298
Publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 16
Issue 3
APA6 Citation Cormac, R. (in press). The pinprick approach: Whitehall’s top-secret anti-communist committee and the evolution of British covert action strategy. Journal of Cold War Studies, 16(3), https://doi.org/10.1162/JCWS_a_00469
DOI https://doi.org/10.1162/JCWS_a_00469
Publisher URL http://www.mitpressjournals.org/doi/abs/10.1162/JCWS_a_00469#.V45JvfkrIdU
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf

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