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Lunchbox Series explores timely topic: U.S. drones as counter-terrorism policy

January 20, 2014

The Lunchbox Series presents: "Drone Wars: Evaluating targeted killing as a tool of U.S. counter-terrorism policy" a lecture with Manger Professor of International Relations Beth Dougherty, Wednesday (Jan. 22) at 12:10 p.m. in Moore Lounge of Pearsons Hall.

Following the 9/11 attacks, the Bush administration authorized the arming of drones and began using them to kill specific targets in the "War on Terror."  The Obama administration has significantly expanded the use of armed drones, both in terms of the number of strikes and the countries in which they are being utilized. While U.S. officials argue that drone strikes are an effective and essential component of American counter-terrorism operations, critics have raised numerous concerns, including the number of civilian casualties.  Evaluating the various claims made by both sides of the argument is complicated by the secrecy surrounding the drone program.  This talk will explore some of the legal, moral, political, and strategic debates surrounding the use of drones for targeted killing.

Watch the lecture live at Moore Lounge, Pearsons Hall. Can't make it to campus? Watch the lecture live online.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a lunch!