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

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

Platform
FutureLearn
Provider
University of Bath
Effort
3 hours/week
Length
4 weeks
Language
English
Credentials
Paid Certificate Available
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Overview
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.

We’ll ask how our understanding of war and security is changing, and how states in the future will ensure our security through such non-traditional means.

This course will take an in-depth look at this subject, so you’ll need some pre-existing knowledge of the technical and theoretical issues covered.

What topics will you cover?
  • Examination of the philosophical, ethical and cultural challenges raised by remote control warfare
  • 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
  • Study of American, British and European motives for the use of remote means to fight wars

Taught by
Dr Wali Aslam
Author
FutureLearn
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