Drone Wars: Transforming Conflict, Law, and Policy


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About the Author

Peter L. Bergen is a print, television, and web journalist; documentary producer; think tank director; and the author of four books about al-Qaeda, three of which were New York Times best sellers and three of which were named among the nonfiction books of the year by the Washington Post. He is the director of the national security program at the New America Foundation in Washington, DC; a Fellow at Fordham University's Center on National Security; and CNN's national security analyst.
Daniel Rothenberg is Professor of Practice in the School of Politics and Global Studies and the Lincoln Fellow for Ethics and International Human Rights Law at Arizona State University. He was also the founding executive director of the Center for Law and Global Affairs at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law. From 2004 to 2010, he designed and managed human rights and rule-of-law projects in Afghanistan and Iraq. Rothenberg is the author and editor of several books and a frequent contributor on issues of international law, conflict, and global politics.


"An essential anthology delving into the raging debate over the use of drones in the endless war on terror, covering all the angles - political, legal, moral, military - with impressive scope and judicious balance."
Fred Kaplan, author of The Insurgents: David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War
"No other advancement in military technology in recent years has provoked as many legal challenges and caused as much political furor as the advent of drone warfare. In this first of its kind book leading experts debate what drones have meant to fight against terrorism, America's moral authority and the stability of its relations with the Muslim world. Intelligent and incisive, this book is a must-read for academics and policy makers alike, as well as anyone interested in America's military and foreign policies."
Vali Nasr, Dean of The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University and author of Dispensable Nation: American Foreign Policy in Retreat
"Drone Wars could not be more timely or more valuable. At a time when technology and strategy are transforming the means of warfare and possibly even the ends of war itself, a wide range of knowledgeable authors, many with direct experience of drone warfare, examine the implications of remotely piloted weapons from military, legal, political, ethical and cultural perspectives. That this volume raises more questions than it answers, at this moment in history, is precisely as it should be."
Anne-Marie Slaughter, President and CEO of New America and former Dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University
"Drone Wars offers many new insights and approaches that are much needed in the drone debate. The book's essay structure makes it particularly suited for teaching, also because there is quite some disagreement between the authors on several questions, such as whether drones are revolutionary, whether the US strikes are legal, or what the future of drone operations will look like."
Ulrike Esther Franke, Parameters
"Drone Wars is a rich collection that offers the latest in the growing scholarship on drone warfare ... This is a timely book, impressive in its breadth, with a notable collection of authors who range from former high-ranking US government officials and public policy specialists to academics and experts in international law. This book will appeal to those looking for a volume that addresses some of the major debates surrounding drone warfare ..."
Jesse Kirkpatrick, Defense and Security Analysis
'The US government has assassinated jihadists through a variety of means, including Special Forces and attack helicopters. But drones have become its new weapon of choice. This has prompted a large body of literature exploring the ethical, legal, and strategic dilemmas that these weapons pose. ... In the collection Drone Wars, which is especially valuable for its number of firsthand accounts, one contributor, David Rohde, a journalist held in Waziristan by the Taliban from 2008 to 2009, confirms that drones terrified the militants and disrupted their operations. But they could not change the balance of power on the ground, and so Rohde insists that they cannot represent a long-term solution.' Lawrence Freedman, Foreign Affairs
'This comprehensive review of military drones covers a wide range of the issues related to this technology. Strategic importance, law, technology, and policy are covered to a degree that this should be one's first choice if you need to come up to speed on drone issues. Now that the United States has relaxed export regulations for US drones for India, with other countries sure to follow, drones are going to become ever more central to war, policy, and diplomacy. This book, then, is a good place to start to analyze the wider proliferation of an important technology.' Paul Bracken, Connections
"This is the best volume I have read on the nature of post-9/11 warfare. It is likely to become the standard book on "the decade of the drone"."
Tom Ricks, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq
"... Drone Wars is an extensive anthology on the current debates surrounding the use of armed aerial drones in contemporary conflicts. The editors compiled a list of twenty-two essays and divided them into four major topic areas: drones on the ground, drones and the law of war, drones and policy, and drones and the future of war. Each topic area provides an in-depth view of the political, ethical, legal, and moral arguments surrounding the employment of armed drones. Contributing authors provide a wide array of opinions and observations detailing both the pros and cons of drone warfare. Many of the authors are subject matter experts in the fields of international law, policy, and strategy development. Others come from academia, media, government, and various think tanks from around the country. This impressive list helps to make the book an authoritative source on drone warfare."
Lt Col Andrew P. Creel, Military Review
"... provides a thorough overview of the contemporary debate around drones. Although it is largely about targeted killings, this volume is admirably balanced and organized, containing both "pro-drone" and "anti-drone" arguments side by side, and includes a range of distinguished contributors from both sides of the fence."
Michael J. Boyle, International Affairs