Is the Military Use of Drones Ethically Defensible?

Drones are one of the most controversial weapons currently employed by the US military. Despite their precise targeting capabilities, they have been heavily criticized for enabling civilian casualties, and their legality has been questioned both domestically and abroad. Michael Walzer, an expert on just war theory and the ethical use of force, discussed the history of targeted killings and assassinations, including the moral arguments for and against these actions. He focused on how the invention of the drone changes these moral arguments and will raise critiques of a qualified defense of using drones—putting forward an invitation to worry.
This event was sponsored by the Berkley Center, the Master of Science in Foreign Service Program, and the Mortara Center for International Studies.

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