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Title Preventive force : drones, targeted killing, and the transformation of contemporary warfare / edited by Kerstin Fisk and Jennifer M. Ramos
Published New York : New York University Press, [2016]
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Contents Introduction: the preventive force continuum / Kerstin Fisk and Jennifer M. Ramos -- Preventive force: the logic of costs and benefits / Jennifer Taw -- Preventive war and its domestic politics / Miroslav Nincic -- Sovereignty and preventive war in the twenty-first century : a retrospective on eve of destruction : the coming age of preventive war / Thomas M. Nichols -- Why drones are different / Stephan Sonnenberg -- The drone : it's in the way that you use it / David Glazier -- Drones and the law : why we don't need a new legal framework for targeted killing / Daphne Eviatar -- Studying drones: the low quality information environment of Pakistan's tribal areas / C. Christine Fair -- The contemporary practice of self-defense : evolving toward the use of preemptive or preventive force? / Avery Plaw and João Franco Reis -- Restricting the preventive use of force : drones, the struggle against non-state actors, and jus ad vim / John Emery and Daniel R. Brunstetter -- Drones and dirty hands / Ben Jones and John M. Parrish -- Beyond preventive force : just peace as preventive non-intervention / Deen Chatterjee -- Conclusions / Jennifer M. Ramos and Kerstin Fisk
Summary More so than in the past, the US is now embracing the logic of preventive force: using military force to counter potential threats around the globe before they have fully materialized. While popular with individuals who seek to avoid too many "boots on the ground," preventive force is controversial because of its potential for unnecessary collateral damage. Who decides what threats are 'imminent'? Is there an international legal basis to kill or harm individuals who have a connection to that threat? Do the benefits of preventive force justify the costs? And, perhaps most importantly, is the US setting a dangerous international precedent?In Preventive Force, editors Kerstin Fisk and Jennifer Ramos bring together legal scholars, political scientists, international relations scholars, and prominent defense specialists to examine these questions, whether in the context of full-scale preventive war or preventive drone strikes. In particular, the volume highlights preventive drones strikes, as they mark a complete transformation of how the US understands international norms regarding the use of force, and could potentially lead to a 'slippery slope' for the US and other nations in terms of engaging in preventive warfare as a matter of course. A comprehensive resource that speaks to the contours of preventive force as a security strategy as well as to the practical, legal, and ethical considerations of its implementation, Preventive Force is a useful guide for political scientists, international relations scholars, and policymakers who seek a thorough and current overview of this essential topic
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Air warfare -- Government policy -- Western countries.
Drone aircraft -- Government policy -- United States.
Drone aircraft -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Preemptive attack (Military science)
Targeted killing -- Government policy.
Terrorism -- Prevention.
War (International law)
United States -- Military policy.
Form Electronic book
Author Fisk, Kerstin, editor
Ramos, Jennifer M., editor
ISBN 147985753X
147988099X (electronic bk.)
9781479880997 (electronic bk.)
Other Titles Drones, targeted killing, and the transformation of contemporary warfare