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Using a drone as a component of a military operation does not automatically make that action a “targeted killing.” Much of the public concern about drones is actually an objection to this type of attack, not drones themselves.
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This issue includes an essay by Shefa Siegel on “Liberia, Ebola, and the ‘Cult of Bankable Projects’”; a symposium on imagining a “Drone Accountability Regime,” featuring a lead article by Allen Buchanan and Robert O. Keohane, and with responses from Neta C. Crawford, Janina Dill, and David Whetham; features by Richard Beardsworth on moral and political responsibility in world politics and John Williams on space, drones, and just war; and book reviews.
In a world beset by empirical global problems and global collective inaction, we need less to speak of the moral responsibility of political agents than to develop a new language of political responsibility that has purchase on practical politics.
The problem of terrorism can and probably ought to be approached from both war and law enforcement paradigms, not merely the former one, as Buchanan and Keohane argue.
Critical engagement with the concept of space, rooted in political geography, augments established ethical critiques of drone strikes. As drone use grows, it is crucial that ethical assessment adapts to the distinctive spatial relationship between drone operators and their targets.
Socializing States: Promoting Human Rights Through International Law, Ryan Goodman and Derek Jinks (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013), 256 pp., $26 paper. This is an ambitious work of social science and international affairs that seeks both to explain the success of the international human rights regime as well as provide normative instruction for its […]