GIC Research Seminar: The Drone Age - How drone technology will change war and peace

2 December 2020, 1.00 PM - 2 December 2020, 2.00 PM

Michael J. Boyle, Rutgers University

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What impact will drone technology have on the patterns of war and peace in the next century? Will drones produce a more peaceful world by reducing the risk to pilots or will the prospect of remote warfare lead governments to engage in more conflicts? How will terrorist organizations turn this technology back on the governments that fight them? How will drones change surveillance at war—and at home? As drones come into the hands of new actors—foreign governments, law enforcement, terrorist organizations, humanitarian organizations and even UN peacekeepers—it is even more important to understand what kind of world they might produce. Michael Boyle’s new book, The Drone Age: How Drone Technology Will Change War and Peace, explores how the unique features of drone technology alter the strategic choices of governments and non-state actors alike by transforming their risk calculations and expanding their goals on and off the battlefield.


Dr. Michael J. Boyle is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Rutgers Camden and a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI). His previous books include Violence after War: Explaining Instability in Post-Conflict States (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press, 2014), Legal and Ethical Implications of Drone Warfare (London: Routledge, 2016) and Non-Western Responses to Terrorism (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2019).

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