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Drones and the Future of Armed Conflict: Ethical, Legal, and Strategic Implications

David Cortright, Rachel Fairhurst, and Kristen Wall


Drone technology is racing ahead, while efforts to develop guidelines for the use of remotely piloted weapons remain underdeveloped. The emergence of lethal drones raises new questions for the ethical and legal analysis of the use of armed force and the impact on human rights. Drones have the capacity to be more accurate and discriminating, yet they do not eliminate the problems of collateral damage and civilian harm. They reduce risks for those employing such weapons, although by making the use of force appear easier and less costly, they may increase the propensity to resort to force. The la ... More

Keywords: drones, ethics, international law, counterterrorism strategy, human rights

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780226258058
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226258195.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Cortright, editor

Rachel Fairhurst, editor

Kristen Wall, editor