Preventive force : drones, targeted killing, and the transformation of contemporary warfare
New York : New York University Press, 2016
Bibliographie : p. 138-141
In this chapter, Stephan Sonnenberg argues that the regulation of drones as a distinct category of weaponry is urgently needed. He provides a brief history of legal efforts to humanize warfare, and discusses how modern international humanitarian law applies to the United States drone program in Pakistan. Next, he explains why drones should be considered a structurally disruptive technology that tends to seduce military planners into thinking they can deploy armed force without bearing the domestic political costs for doing so, thus making armed conflicts globally more likely. He then discusses how the narrative of drones as low-cost precision weaponry is deceiving and ultimately devastating for civilian populations living in potential conflict zones, and concludes with a call for a regulatory framework that would either ban or seriously curtail the use of armed drones as weapons of war.