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Preventing Rendition and Torture by Mapping the Global System of Rendition and Proxy Detention

Blakeley, Ruth, Raphael, Sam (2012) Preventing Rendition and Torture by Mapping the Global System of Rendition and Proxy Detention. In: International Studies Association Annual Convention, 1-4 Apr 2012, San Diego, California. (KAR id:44068)


This paper seeks to explain the development and operation of a now global system of rendition and secret detention. Rendition involves the kidnap of suspects and their illicit transfer to another state and frequently involves torture. It is generally assumed that rendition was very much a phenomenon of the Bush administration. In fact, it has continued since Obama took office, despite his early executive orders which ruled out some of the other nefarious practices of the Bush administration, such as torture. Situating rendition within the wider framework of US neo-imperial practices, particularly the quest for US hegemony within the global military-industrial complex, the paper provides a detailed account of the development and evolution of the global system of rendition. It analyses the ways in which key moments in US and international politics have impacted on rendition practices, and also shows how rendition constitutes the latest iteration of international state terrorism.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Paper)
Projects: The Globalisation of Rendition and Secret Detention
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council (
Depositing User: Ruth Blakeley
Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2014 11:00 UTC
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2022 10:40 UTC
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