In the heat of war, drones are supposedly more able to accurately target and kill suspected militants, lowering the risk of involving innocent bystanders.

These technological advances may be impressive, but there is a danger that we might be seduced by the promise of a more ethical or humane form of warfare – a promise that does not really correspond to the bloody reality on the ground. Careless drone strikes in Yemen, Afghanistan and other countries have taken the lives of civilians caught amongst militant targets.

This talk will examine the ethics of drone warfare, paying particular attention to the increasingly blurry boundary between combatant and non-combatant, and the erasure of human suffering from the way we view war.

BIO

Dr Thomas Gregory is a Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at the University of Auckland, where he specialises in civilian casualties, counterinsurgency and the ethics of war. Tom received his doctorate from the University of Manchester in 2012 and holds an MSc Econ (Distinction) in International Politics from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and a BA Hons (First Class) in Politics from the University of Sheffield.

His work has appeared in the European Journal of International Relations, International Political Sociology and the International Feminist Journal of Politics. He is also co-editor of the book Emotions, Politics and War (Routledge, 2015).

 

8:00 PM @Tom Tom Bar & Eatery | 27 Drake St, Auckland

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