Drones and Targeted Killings: Ethics, Law, Politics
Edited by Sarah Knuckey
New York, NY: IDEBATE Press, 2014
As global jihadist organizations continue to ramp up targeting of the West and its allies--[both as a result of collaboration with one another, and as a means of vying for primacy within their collective movement]--the United States will continue to look to deployment of unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) as a valuable counterterrorism tool, enabling the use of precise lethal force with comparatively little risk to non-combatants on the ground, and zero risk of American casualties. While drones have undoubtedly provided the American warfighter with significant tactical advantage over an asymmetric enemy that operates without legal or moral constraint, their prominence in the targeted killing component of U.S. counterterrorism efforts has ignited substantial debate over the legality and advisability of using such weapons for this purpose, particularly away from the so-called "hot" battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq.
In Drones and Targeted Killings: Ethics, Law, Politics, Prof. Sarah Knuckey of Columbia Law School endeavors to introduce readers to the various contours of this debate. Drawing from numerous sources from within and outside government, Knuckey compiles several speeches and articles (or excerpts thereof) covering drone strikes, and divides them into four categories: 1) Are drone strikes effective? 2) Are drone strikes...
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