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Human Rights Watch: US airstrikes in Yemen a violation of international law

After a rush of organizations releasing reports on US drone strikes in the past few days, HRW has released a Yemen-based study, “Between a Drone and Al-Qaeda”. United States targeted airstrikes against alleged terrorists in Yemen have killed civilians in violation … Continue reading

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Radio Interview…. “Drones: Warfare in the 21st Century”

A couple of months ago, I had the rather nervous task of being interviewed by ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) for their weekly radio program “Rear Vision”. The show has just been broadcast and can be found online here. The two … Continue reading

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Targeted Killing: The Israeli Precedent to U.S. Drone Wars

U.S. drone strikes in battlespaces far removed from conventional theatres of war are the most obvious modern form of ‘targeted killing’. But the practice has a long history – with its modern incarnation stemming from the ‘lawfare’ blueprint constructed by … Continue reading

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Losing Humanity: Ban Killer Robots

Autonomous robots are on the horizon. The military’s creative minds are seeking new ways to remove direct human control from the ‘kill chain’. At least, that’s the conclusion I gleaned from investigating some of the U.S. Department of Defense’s recent publications. One of the … Continue reading

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In Shadow and Secret: Peering into the Soul of Obama’s Presidency

In this essay, I summarize and reflect upon Daniel Klaidman’s Kill or Capture: The War on Terror and the Soul of the Obama Presidency (2012). My review is broad, but is particularly attuned to the issues surrounding targeted killing.   … Continue reading

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Targeting the Lifeworld: A Note on Signature Strikes

I am currently reading Daniel Klaidman’s ‘Kill or Capture: The War on Terror and the Soul of the Obama Presidency’ with much interest, and will post a summary/review soon. In the meantime, one of the nuggets gleaned so far is … Continue reading

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The Moral and Legal Case for Drones: An All-Too-Human Responsibility

The rise of drone warfare across the planet, spearheaded by the CIA, continues to challenge and transform the basic principles of international humanitarian law (IHL), also known as the laws of war or the law of armed conflict. Drones are frequently touted … Continue reading

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