Category Archives: Hannah Arendt

Predator Empire, Dronification of State Violence – Open Access

Two of my papers on drone warfare have been made freely available by the publisher: Ian Shaw and Majed Akhter, The Dronification of State Violence (2014). Geopolitics. Available here. This article explores the shifting methods of U.S. state violence. Building … Continue reading

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The Endgame: The War of All Against All (The Dronification of State Violence, Conclusion)

The Endgame: The War of All Against All (The Dronification of State Violence, Conclusion) “The practice of violence, like all action, changes the world, but the most probable change is to a more violent world” — Hannah Arendt, 1969[1] The … Continue reading

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The Dronification of State Violence, Part V: A Well-Oiled Killing Machine, and the Rule by Nobody

Previous section: The Dronification of State Violence, Part IV: The Predator A Well-Oiled Killing Machine, and the Rule by Nobody The creation of the drone target is an intensely bureaucratic process. Understanding the various processes behind what Gregory McNeal calls a … Continue reading

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The Dronification of State Violence, Part IV: The Predator

Previous section: The Dronification of State Violence, Part III: The Drone War Paper Trail The Predator “The bar for war had been lowered, the remote-controlled age had begun, and the killer drones became an object of fascination inside the CIA.”—Mark Mazzetti[1] … Continue reading

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The Dronification of State Violence, Part 1: Life and Death in the West Wing

This post is part of a series of sections from a broader paper, which can be found online here. Full citation: Ian Shaw and Majed Akhter (2014) The Dronification of State Violence, Critical Asian Studies, 46(2): 211-234. Introduction: Life and … Continue reading

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The Dronification of State Violence – published

I have just been notified that Critical Asian Studies have published my co-authored paper, “The Dronification of State Violence.” Here’s the abstract: This article explores the shifting methods of U.S. state violence. Building on their earlier work, the authors focus … Continue reading

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Chalmers Johnson on Empire – and the space for thought

This video comes from 2007 as part of Berkeley’s “Conversations with History” show. The inimitable Chalmers Johnson discusses his “Blowback” trilogy of books — “Blowback”, “Sorrows for Empire” and “Nemesis”. All of them revolve around U.S. foreign policy and militarism. … Continue reading

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