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Predator: A Pilot’s perspective

“Predator” outlines the experiences of a drone pilot, operating a predator drone firstly from Nevada USA and then from Iraq. On reading, a number of themes stood out as particularly important: The first was the conflict between the sanitised aims of modern war and the reality that killing is inevitable. The second is the similarities [...]

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Lindsay Murch

The People Involved: Lindsay Murch

Lindsay Murch is a research assistant on the ESRC project, she is also a doctoral researcher in the ICCS and POLSIS and a in the developing field of drone warfare. Lindsay will be updating this blog regularly with commentary on the use of drones and updates on the project’s progress. Lindsay’s research starts with the [...]

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The Drones have Landed

*UPDATE* News of 6 individuals arrested following the protests: *UPDATE* RAF Waddington as the new Greenham Common? The news that Reaper drones are going to be operated from RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire has brought the debate regarding the use of killer drones to the forefront of British consciousness and has invited a wider [...]

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Individuals in the Protest Against Drone Strikes

Despite 62% domestic approval regarding the use of armed drones there are those living in the US who strongly oppose their use. One of those is a Yemeni man who won a scholarship to an American high school. Farea al-Muslimi has been vocal in his opposition to the drone strikes against his home town of [...]

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Legal, Legitimate, and Effective Drone Warfare: Grand Illusion or Future Reality?

On 14 November, 2012, an Israeli drone strike killed Ahmed Jabari, the head of the military wing of Hamas in Gaza. The sharply escalating violence in the aftermath of this so-called targeted killing, while particularly costly in human life, is part of a seemingly unending violent confrontation in the region: according to a timeline of [...]

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The People Involved: Dr David Dunn

Dr David Dunn Dr David Dunn is a Reader in International Politics and Head of the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Birmingham. Dr Dunn’s Contact details may be found here. Books The Politics of Threat: ICBM Vulnerability In American National Security Policy ~, (Macmillan, 1997). American National Security Policy after [...]

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The People Involved: Prof Stefan Wolff

Professor Stefan Wolff A political scientist by background, Stefan Wolff specialises in the management of contemporary security challenges, especially in the prevention and settlement of ethnic conflicts and in post-conflict reconstruction in deeply divided and war-torn societies. Stefan’s Blog can be found here. Selected Authored Volumes Cordell, K. and Wolff, S. (2009) Ethnic Conflict: Causes-Consequences-Responses. [...]

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