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Drone Wars
Transforming Conflict, Law, and Policy

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David Rohde, Peter Bergen, Jennifer Rowland, Sarah Holewinski, Christopher Swift, Saba Imtiaz, USAF pilot, Charles Blanchard, William Banks, Naureen Shah, Tara McKelvey, Michael Waltz, P. W. Singer, Rosa Brooks, Meg Braun, David True, Jennifer Rowland, Adam Khan, Werner Dahm, Konstantin Kakaes, Richard Pildes, Samuel Issacharoff, Brad Allenby, Daniel Rothenberg
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  • Date Published: December 2014
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107663381

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  • Drones are the iconic military technology of many of today's most pressing conflicts, a lens through which U.S. foreign policy is understood, and a means for discussing key issues regarding the laws of war and the changing nature of global politics. Drones have captured the public imagination, partly because they project lethal force in a manner that challenges accepted rules, norms, and moral understandings. Drone Wars presents a series of essays by legal scholars, journalists, government officials, military analysts, social scientists, and foreign policy experts. It addresses drones' impact on the ground, how their use adheres to and challenges the laws of war, their relationship to complex policy challenges, and the ways they help us understand the future of war. The book is a diverse and comprehensive interdisciplinary perspective on drones that covers important debates on targeted killing and civilian casualties, presents key data on drone deployment, and offers new ideas on their historical development, significance, and impact on law and policy. Drone Wars documents the current state of the field at an important moment in history when new military technologies are transforming how war is practiced by the United States and, increasingly, by other states and by non-state actors around the world.

    • Provides a comprehensive, interdisciplinary examination of how current drone deployment challenges accepted rules, norms, and moral understandings
    • Includes a wide selection of contributions from legal scholars, journalists, government officials, military analysts, social scientists, and foreign policy experts
    • Reviews drones' impact on the ground, their relation to the laws of war, their policy implications, and how they signal fundamental transformations in the nature of war
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "An essential anthology delving into the raging debate over the use of drones in the endless war on terror, covering all the angles - political, legal, moral, military - with impressive scope and judicious balance."
    Fred Kaplan, author of The Insurgents: David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War

    "No other advancement in military technology in recent years has provoked as many legal challenges and caused as much political furor as the advent of drone warfare. In this first of its kind book leading experts debate what drones have meant to fight against terrorism, America's moral authority and the stability of its relations with the Muslim world. Intelligent and incisive, this book is a must-read for academics and policy makers alike, as well as anyone interested in America's military and foreign policies."
    Vali Nasr, Dean of The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University and author of Dispensable Nation: American Foreign Policy in Retreat

    "This is the best volume I have read on the nature of post-9/11 warfare. It is likely to become the standard book on "the decade of the drone"."
    Tom Ricks, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq

    "Drone Wars could not be more timely or more valuable. At a time when technology and strategy are transforming the means of warfare and possibly even the ends of war itself, a wide range of knowledgeable authors, many with direct experience of drone warfare, examine the implications of remotely piloted weapons from military, legal, political, ethical and cultural perspectives. That this volume raises more questions than it answers, at this moment in history, is precisely as it should be."
    Anne-Marie Slaughter, President and CEO of New America and former Dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University

    "… Drone Wars is an extensive anthology on the current debates surrounding the use of armed aerial drones in contemporary conflicts. The editors compiled a list of twenty-two essays and divided them into four major topic areas: drones on the ground, drones and the law of war, drones and policy, and drones and the future of war. Each topic area provides an in-depth view of the political, ethical, legal, and moral arguments surrounding the employment of armed drones. Contributing authors provide a wide array of opinions and observations detailing both the pros and cons of drone warfare. Many of the authors are subject matter experts in the fields of international law, policy, and strategy development. Others come from academia, media, government, and various think tanks from around the country. This impressive list helps to make the book an authoritative source on drone warfare."
    Lt Col Andrew P. Creel, Military Review

    "Drone Wars offers many new insights and approaches that are much needed in the drone debate. The book's essay structure makes it particularly suited for teaching, also because there is quite some disagreement between the authors on several questions, such as whether drones are revolutionary, whether the US strikes are legal, or what the future of drone operations will look like."
    Ulrike Esther Franke, Parameters

    "Drone Wars is a rich collection that offers the latest in the growing scholarship on drone warfare … This is a timely book, impressive in its breadth, with a notable collection of authors who range from former high-ranking US government officials and public policy specialists to academics and experts in international law. This book will appeal to those looking for a volume that addresses some of the major debates surrounding drone warfare …"
    Jesse Kirkpatrick, Defense and Security Analysis

    "… provides a thorough overview of the contemporary debate around drones. Although it is largely about targeted killings, this volume is admirably balanced and organized, containing both "pro-drone" and "anti-drone" arguments side by side, and includes a range of distinguished contributors from both sides of the fence."
    Michael J. Boyle, International Affairs

    'The US government has assassinated jihadists through a variety of means, including Special Forces and attack helicopters. But drones have become its new weapon of choice. This has prompted a large body of literature exploring the ethical, legal, and strategic dilemmas that these weapons pose. … In the collection Drone Wars, which is especially valuable for its number of firsthand accounts, one contributor, David Rohde, a journalist held in Waziristan by the Taliban from 2008 to 2009, confirms that drones terrified the militants and disrupted their operations. But they could not change the balance of power on the ground, and so Rohde insists that they cannot represent a long-term solution.' Lawrence Freedman, Foreign Affairs

    'This comprehensive review of military drones covers a wide range of the issues related to this technology. Strategic importance, law, technology, and policy are covered to a degree that this should be one’s first choice if you need to come up to speed on drone issues. Now that the United States has relaxed export regulations for US drones for India, with other countries sure to follow, drones are going to become ever more central to war, policy, and diplomacy. This book, then, is a good place to start to analyze the wider proliferation of an important technology.' Paul Bracken, Connections

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107663381
    • length: 512 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 30 mm
    • weight: 0.7kg
    • contains: 6 b/w illus. 2 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Drones on the Ground:
    1. My guards absolutely feared drones: reflections on being held captive for seven months by the Taliban David Rohde
    2. The decade of the drone: analyzing CIA drone attacks, casualties, and policy Peter Bergen and Jennifer Rowland
    3. Just trust us: the need to know more about the civilian impact of US drone strikes Sarah Holewinski
    4. The boundaries of war?: Assessing the impact of drone strikes in Yemen Christopher Swift
    5. What do Pakistanis really think about drones? Saba Imtiaz
    Part II. Drones and the Laws of War:
    6. It is war at a very intimate level USAF pilot
    7. This is not war by machine Charles Blanchard
    8. Regulating drones: are targeted killings by drones outside traditional battlefields legal? William Banks
    9. A move within the shadows: will JSOC's control of drones improve policy? Naureen Shah
    10. Defending the drones: Harold Koh and the evolution of US policy Tara McKelvey
    Part III. Drones and Policy Challenges:
    11. 'Bring on the magic': using drones in combat Michael Waltz
    12. The five deadly flaws of talking about emerging military technologies and the need for new approaches to law, ethics, and war P. W. Singer
    13. Drones and cognitive dissonance Rosa Brooks
    14. Predator effect: a phenomenon unique to the war on terror Meg Braun
    15. Disciplining drone strikes: just war in the context of counterterrorism David True
    16. World of drones: the global proliferation of drone technology Peter Bergen and Jennifer Rowland
    Part IV. Drones and the Future of Warfare:
    17. No one feels safe Adam Khan
    18. 'Drones' now and what to expect over the next ten years Werner Dahm
    19. From Orville Wright to September 11: what the history of drone technology says about the future Konstantin Kakaes
    20. Drones and the dilemma of modern warfare Richard Pildes and Samuel Issacharoff
    21. How to manage drones, transformative technologies, the evolving nature of conflict and the inadequacy of current systems of law Brad Allenby
    22. Drones and the emergence of data-driven warfare Daniel Rothenberg.

  • Editors

    Peter L. Bergen, New America Foundation
    Peter L. Bergen is a print, television, and web journalist; documentary producer; think tank director; and the author of four books about al-Qaeda, three of which were New York Times best sellers and three of which were named among the nonfiction books of the year by the Washington Post. He is the director of the national security program at the New America Foundation in Washington, DC; a Fellow at Fordham University's Center on National Security; and CNN's national security analyst.

    Daniel Rothenberg, Arizona State University
    Daniel Rothenberg is Professor of Practice in the School of Politics and Global Studies and the Lincoln Fellow for Ethics and International Human Rights Law at Arizona State University. He was also the founding executive director of the Center for Law and Global Affairs at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law. From 2004 to 2010, he designed and managed human rights and rule-of-law projects in Afghanistan and Iraq. Rothenberg is the author and editor of several books and a frequent contributor on issues of international law, conflict, and global politics.


    David Rohde, Peter Bergen, Jennifer Rowland, Sarah Holewinski, Christopher Swift, Saba Imtiaz, USAF pilot, Charles Blanchard, William Banks, Naureen Shah, Tara McKelvey, Michael Waltz, P. W. Singer, Rosa Brooks, Meg Braun, David True, Jennifer Rowland, Adam Khan, Werner Dahm, Konstantin Kakaes, Richard Pildes, Samuel Issacharoff, Brad Allenby, Daniel Rothenberg

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