Category Archives: History of Drones

Remote: a Documentary about Drones and Humans

This is a 33-minute documentary I produced about drone warfare. It covers a lot of ground–from the history of air power, to signature strikes, miniaturized swarming, the future of policing, the role of autonomous AI, and what it all means … Continue reading

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Scorched Atmospheres: The Violent Geographies of the Vietnam War and the Rise of Drone Warfare

This article is published in the Annals of the Association of American Geographers. Cite as: Shaw, I.G.R. (2016). Scorched Atmospheres: The Violent Geographies of the Vietnam War and the Rise of Drone Warfare. The Annals of the Association of American … Continue reading

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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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Our drone wars are just beginning – Cartoon

This cartoon, by David Axe and Matt Bors highlights some of the key developments in U.S. drone warfare.

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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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