The Ethics of Remote Warfare

Author(s) Lily Hamourtziadou

Language: English

Genre(s): Politics, Philosophy

Series: Political Philosophy Now

  • November 2024 · 224 pages ·216x138mm

  • · Hardback - 9781837721627
  • · eBook - pdf - 9781837721634
  • · eBook - epub - 9781837721641

About The Book

Ethical approaches to war require that we don’t value only the lives of ‘our’ people, as Realism asserts; that we don’t enforce our sense of justice with weapons, as Militarism demands our ‘moral warriors’ do; that force is used only in self-defence, based on the principles of Just War Theory. However, can there be purely defensive or moral wars? This book offers unique insights into twenty-first century warfare through three approaches – Realism, Militarism, and Just war Theory – in the context of ‘precision’ weapons, celebrated for minimising risks to soldiers and civilians. The author questions whether the rapidly developing technology of lethal autonomous weapons is actually expanding an existing legal-ethical issue: the problem of civilian harm. Laws permits acts that cause incidental civilian harm; AI warfare puts the law’s accountability gap into sharper relief, highlighting the need for new accountability mechanisms that reflect a sense of legal and moral justice.


'Rules-based Orders' by Dr Barry J. Ryan
List of Tables
Foreword by Sorin Baiasu
Introduction: Twenty-first century wars and technology. The changing parameters of conflict within a context of changing global power relations.
1 Three Approaches to Ethics
2 Killing from Afar: The Terror of the Air
3 From the Bomber to the Drone
4 Remote Killing in the War on Terror
5 Remote Killing and the War in Ukraine
Conclusion: Remote Warfare and the (New) Ethics of War
Select bibliography

About the Author(s)

Author(s): Lily Hamourtziadou

Lily Hamourtziadou is senior Lecturer in Security at Birmingham City University, Principal Researcher and Analyst of the NGO Iraq Body Count, and a member of the Counter Terrorism Evidence-Based Review Group (Met Police).

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