Drones: The Future of War?
Professor Christopher Coker, Professor of International Relations, LSE; author, Warrior Geeks: How 21st Century Technology Is Changing the Way We Fight and Think about War
Dr Marco Roscini, Reader in International Law, University of Westminster
Chair: Deborah Haynes, Defence Editor, The Times
As drones (unmanned aerial vehicles) assume a growing role in war and counterterrorism efforts, the panel will examine the operational, ethical and legal questions that surround their use. Those who argue in favour of drone strikes claim they have been highly effective in targeting terrorists, while limiting civilian casualties. Critics state they are counterproductive, unethical and violate international law.
With over 50 countries reported to have drone technology, the panel will offer their thoughts on whether ‘remote warfare’ is a development to be welcomed.
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