Armed Drones and Globalization in the Asymmetric War on Terror: Challenges for the Law of Armed Conflict and Global Political Economy, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Armed Drones and Globalization in the Asymmetric War on Terror

Challenges for the Law of Armed Conflict and Global Political Economy, 1st Edition

By Fred Aja Agwu


342 pages

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This book is a critical exploration of the war on terror from the prism of armed drones and globalization. It is particularly focused on the United States’ use of the drones, and the systemic dysfunctions that globalization has caused to international political economy and national security, creating backlash in which the desirability of globalization is not only increasingly questioned, but the resultant dissension about its desirability appears increasingly militating against the international consensus needed to fight the war on terror.

To underline the controversial nature of the "war on terror" and the pragmatic weapon (armed drones) fashioned for its prosecution, some of the elements of this controversy have been interrogated in this book. They include, amongst others, the doubt over whether the war should have been declared in the first place because terrorist attacks hardly meet the United Nations’ casus belli – an armed attack. There are critics, as highlighted in this book, who believe that the "war on terror" is not an armed conflict properly so called, and, thus, remains only a "law enforcement issue."

The United States and all the states taking part in the war on terror are obligated to observe International Humanitarian Law (IHL). It is within this context of IHL that this book appraises the drone as a weapon of engagement, discussing such issues as "personality" and "signature" strikes as well as the implications of the deployment of spies as drone strikers rather than the Defence Department, the members of the U.S armed forces. This book will be of value to researchers, academics, policymakers, professionals, and students in the fields of security studies, terrorism, the law of armed conflict, international humanitarian law, and international politics.

Table of Contents





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Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Insurgency and Terrorism as forms of Asymmetric Warfare

Chapter 3: The War on Terrorism (WoT)

Chapter 4: Dirty/nightmarish weapon platforms in WoT

Chapter 5: The jurisprudence of new and "unregulated" weapons

Chapter 6: The armed drone weapon platform

Chapter 7: Drones in self-defence against terrorists

Chapter 8: Drones, vanishing frontlines and the emergence of "battlespace"

Chapter 9: Drones in International Humanitarian Law, IHL

Chapter 10: Drones and ethics in WoT

Chapter 11: Drones, WoT and the principle of chivalry

Chapter 12: Drones, miniaturization, automation and accountability in WoT

Chapter 13: Globalization, postmodernism and the WoT

Chapter 14: To achieve a successful WoT

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About the Author

Professor Fred Aja Agwu is the Head of the Division of International Law and Organization at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA), Lagos, Nigeria

About the Series

Routledge Research in the Law of Armed Conflict

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / General
LAW / International
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Arms Control
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Terrorism