Thanks. My rulebook sucks.
Paragraph 5.2, p. 5.
Events Associated With Your Opponent: If a player plays a card as an Operation, and the card’s Event is associated only with his opponent, the Event still occurs (and the card, if it has an asterisk after the Event title, is removed).
Paragraph 6.0, p. 6
Operations can be used in the following ways: to place your Influence makers, to make Realignment rolls, to attempt Coups, or to attempt advancement in the Space Race.