Ethics and effectiveness of drones and remote warfare to be explored

The evolution of war will be discussed at a free conference on Wednesday 11 February which examines the historical and contemporary issues of remote warfare.

Academics and journalists will come together to talk about the politics, effectiveness and ethics of 'conflict at a distance' across a series of panels, which will include discussions about reconnaissance and armed drones, special forces, local paramilitaries, private security forces and intelligence.

Organiser Dr Jon Moran from the Department of Politics and International Relations said the conference is aimed at putting remote warfare in context – and will be split into three main topics: the history of remote warfare; the militarisation of Jihadism; and ethics.

He said: “Remote warfare will increasingly become the way western countries wage war around the world and this conference examines this issue close-up looking at the costs and benefits, both for the west and the countries in which remote warfare takes place.”

The event, called Remote Warfare: Theory, Practice and Ethics, has been organised in conjunction with Remote Control – an organisation which examines changes in military engagement - and is being held on Wednesday 11 February, 2015, between 9am and 5.30pm, in the Gartree and Rutland Room, on the 4th floor of the Charles Wilson Building.

Attendance is free of charge but places are limited.

To book a place, please contact Emma Butler: