University of Colorado at Boulder

Colloquia Event

Friday March 03, 2017. 04:00 pm. Atlas 100

Remote Killing: Drones, Democracy and War

Hugh Gustserson

George Washington University, Department of Anthropology

Abstract: "There has been little debate about U.S. drone policy in Congress and in the mainstream media, but drones are changing the practice of war. Drone warfare has turned soldiers into commuter killers while establishing a new mode of killing that is simultaneously remote and intimate. And, by making it possible to kill without the risk of being killed in return, drones afford U.S. presidents new leeway for military intervention. At the same time, intermittent drone strikes on Somalia, Yemen and the "tribal areas" of Pakistan are establishing these territories as a zone of exception outside normal international law. A public debate on drone policy is urgently needed."

co-sponsored by Integrated Remote and In Situ Sensing (IRISS), Project Society