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Drones and the Change of Ordinary Warfare: New Wars and Old Laws.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

In  the  contemporary world  a

new kind of warfare is seen. Within this setting the state's monopoly on conducting warfare is challenged as it involves new conflict parties, non-state actors. Development of technologies has shifted war strategies towards the use of targeted killings and signature strikes, carried out with armed drones. The main purpose of this bachelor thesis has been to examine how such strategies challenge the international laws to warfare. This has been done in a study on the use of targeted killings and signature strikes by the US in Pakistan. The analysis of the case study has been done against the history and development of warfare, the history and development of laws regulating warfare and the laws applicable to the particular Pakistani conflict - Common Article 3 - that deals specifically with non- international conflicts. The most significant findings are that targeted killings and signature strikes challenge these laws. These laws lack common definitions that are vital to limit the  strategies used with armed drones, such as for example “direct taking part in hostilities” and “immediate threat”. The thesis also shows that one particular strategy, the launch of a second drone missile strike following the first one, violates the very purpose of the Geneva Convention, as it hinders the collection of and care for the wounded.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014.
Keyword [en]
changing monopoly of wars; war on terrorism; armed drones; targeted killings; signature strikes; law on warfare; international humanitarian law; jus in bello; non-state actors; Pakistan; foreign policy
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-16476OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-16476DiVA: diva2:766593
Available from: 2014-11-27 Created: 2014-11-27

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