From State Control to Remote Control: Warfare in the 21st Century

Explore the impact and ethics of using drones, special ops units and private security firms, with this free online course. States are increasingly using remote control methods, such as drones, private military companies and special operations units, to engage in activities traditionally performed by conventional armed forces. This course looks at the reasons behind this trend including security privatisation and risk aversion among politicians and the public. It also studies the opportunities that remote methods provide to circumvent the law.

Course syllabus:

  1. The role of the From State Control to Remote Control: Warfare in the 21st Century centre (SOC)

  2. Examination of the philosophical, ethical and cultural challenges raised by remote control warfare

  3. In-depth case studies focusing on Pakistan, Yemen, Afghanistan, Libya and Iraq to study the real-life implications of the move towards remote control warfare

  4. Study of American, British and European motives for the use of remote means to fight wars