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Droning toward a shift in the morality of war? : a just war approach to the United States use of drones in the War on Terror

Nääf, Amanda LU (2012) MRSK30 20112
Human Rights Studies
Abstract
This essay examines the use of drones in relation to Just War Theory and Rational choice theory. In order to investigate the use of drones from these perspectives, case studies are used for facilitating the application of these theories. From this analysis, it becomes evident that the use of drones cannot be motivated fully by either of these theories. The results of the study also unearth several difficulties with applying these theories to drones, as well as several weaknesses in the theories. In conclusion, it becomes evident that the reasons for the failure of these theories in analysing the use of UAVs is derived from the fact that both of the theories make assumptions about the nature of war and state interests that cannot be... (More)
This essay examines the use of drones in relation to Just War Theory and Rational choice theory. In order to investigate the use of drones from these perspectives, case studies are used for facilitating the application of these theories. From this analysis, it becomes evident that the use of drones cannot be motivated fully by either of these theories. The results of the study also unearth several difficulties with applying these theories to drones, as well as several weaknesses in the theories. In conclusion, it becomes evident that the reasons for the failure of these theories in analysing the use of UAVs is derived from the fact that both of the theories make assumptions about the nature of war and state interests that cannot be substantiated by the current use of drones. This particular difficulty is interpreted as a fundamental shift in the nature and morality of warfare, which is attributed to the consequences of unilaterally using new technology that is not available for the other side in the war. (Less)
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Nääf, Amanda LU
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MRSK30 20112
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
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just war theory, UAV, drone, rational choice theory, Mänskliga rättigheter, Human rights
language
English
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2277390
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2012-03-06 09:23:18
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  abstract     = {This essay examines the use of drones in relation to Just War Theory and Rational choice theory. In order to investigate the use of drones from these perspectives, case studies are used for facilitating the application of these theories. From this analysis, it becomes evident that the use of drones cannot be motivated fully by either of these theories. The results of the study also unearth several difficulties with applying these theories to drones, as well as several weaknesses in the theories. In conclusion, it becomes evident that the reasons for the failure of these theories in analysing the use of UAVs is derived from the fact that both of the theories make assumptions about the nature of war and state interests that cannot be substantiated by the current use of drones. This particular difficulty is interpreted as a fundamental shift in the nature and morality of warfare, which is attributed to the consequences of unilaterally using new technology that is not available for the other side in the war.},
  author       = {Nääf, Amanda},
  keyword      = {just war theory,UAV,drone,rational choice theory,Mänskliga rättigheter,Human rights},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Droning toward a shift in the morality of war? : a just war approach to the United States use of drones in the War on Terror},
  year         = {2012},
}