The path to less lethal and destructive war ? : technological and doctrinal developments and international humanitarian law after Iraq and Afghanistan
David P. Fidler
International humanitarian law and the changing technology of war
Leiden ; Boston : M. Nijhoff, 2013
This chapter examines the use of "non-lethal" weapons in the context of the counterinsurgency (COIN) campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan. In a COIN environment, it is essential that military commanders use appropriate and measured levels of force and apply that force precisely so that it accomplishes the mission without unnecessary loss of life or suffering. The author applies some of the lessons learned in Iraq and Afghanistan to the more recent conflicts in Libya and Syria. He explores whether the impact of the COIN doctrine influences military thinking concerning new technologies, in particular "non-lethal" and "less-lethal" technologies, and how this new thinking may affect compliance with IHL.