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Preventive Force: Drones, Targeted Killing, and the Transformation of Contemporary Warfare

Kerstin Fisk


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. From the war in Iraq to the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, outside of recognized war zones, this US re-interpretation of rightful self-defense raises critical questions about the wisdom of preventive force strategy: To what extent does preventive force enhance future security? Are the perceived benefits worth the potential costs? Is the US setting a dangerous international precedent? Although ... More

Keywords: Drones, Security, Self-defense, Preventive force, Ethics, Law, Strategy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781479857531
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479857531.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kerstin Fisk, editor
Loyola Marymount University

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1 Introduction

Kerstin Fisk and Jennifer M. Ramos

Part I Understanding Preventive War

2 Preventive Force

Jennifer Taw

Part II Perspectives on Preventive Drone Strikes

5 Why Drones Are Different

Stephan Sonnenberg

6 The Drone

David Glazier

7 Drones and the Law

Daphne Eviatar

8 Studying Drones

C. Christine Fair

Part III The Future of Preventive Force

9 The Contemporary Practice of Self-Defense

Avery Plaw and João Franco Reis

10 Restricting the Preventive Use of Force

John Emery and Daniel R. Brunstetter

11 Drones and Dirty Hands

Ben Jones and John M. Parrish

12 Beyond Preventive Force

Deen Chatterjee

13 Conclusions

Jennifer M. Ramos and Kerstin Fisk