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26 November, 2015
Stamford Street Lecture Theatre, Kings College London, United Kingdom
A Remote Control project event, hosted by King’s College London War Studies Societyand KCL Politics Society, on the challenges and benefits of remote warfare.


How is remote control warfare changing the way security and war is conducted today? A panel of specialists will discuss the challenges and benefits of remote warfare to evaluate the socio-political implications and significance of remote warfare in our contemporary world.

Caroline Donnellan (moderator) is the manager of the Remote Control Project of the Network for Social Change, hosted by Oxford Research Group. The Remote Control Project examines the effectiveness of new ways of modern warfare, including the use of armed drones, Private Security Companies, Special Forces, aspects of cyber warfare and surveillance methods. She has a background in multilateral diplomacy and has worked on international security and human rights issues for a number of years. Before joining the Remote Control Project, she was Senior Policy Advisor to the Ambassador, Irish Permanent Representation to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Vienna. Previously, she worked as Policy Advisor at the Irish Permanent Representation to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.

Dr. Wali Aslam currently works as a lecturer in International Relations at the University of Bath. He is the author of The United States and Great Power Responsibility in International Society: Drones, Rendition and Invasion (Routledge, 2013) and coeditor of Precision Strike Warfare and International Intervention: Strategic, Ethico-Legal and Decisional Implications (Routledge, 2014). His research interests lie at the crossroads of International Relations Theory, International (particularly Asian) Security and United States Foreign Policy. He has employed the theoretical perspectives of the English school and Constructivism to analyse American drone strikes in Pakistan.

Prof. Caroline Kennedy is the head of the school of politics, philosophy and international studies at the University of Hull. She is also a professor of War Studies. She is currently working on IEDs, drones and the effects of drone strikes in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen. She is working on the future maritime security implications of the High North as well as leading on the University India and South East Asia Project. Caroline was Chair of the British International Studies Association (BISA) and is a past President of the Association. She was the founding Editor of the journal Civil Wars and has authored a number of books and many articles. She has been quoted as ‘One of the UK’s leading experts in war’ in the Guardian.

Dr. Jon Moran currently works as a senior lecturer at the University of Leicester. His research interest lie in the area of security studies. This includes the continuing power of the state, and the power of military and intelligence agencies both domestically and internationally. In addition issues around intelligence and security accountability falls under his research interest. Recent publications include The Politics of (In)security: Crime and Corruption in New Democracies, and  From Northern Ireland to Iraq: British Military Intelligence Operations, Ethics and Human Rights which covers the role of army intelligence and special forces since the 1970s.

Richard Moyes is the managing partner of Article 36 and joint coordinator of the International Network on Explosive Weapons. He was previously Director of Policy at Action on Armed Violence/Landmine Action (AOAV). Prior to that he established and managed explosive ordnance disposal projects for the UK NGO Mines Advisory Group (MAG). Article 36 is a UK based not-for-profit organization working to prevent the unintended, unnecessary or unacceptable harm caused by certain weapons.  Article 36 was a founding member of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots and developed the concept of “meaningful human control” which has become central to international policy and legal debates around autonomous weapons. Article 36 undertakes research, policy and advocacy initiatives, and promotes civil society partnerships to respond to harm caused by existing weapons and to build a stronger framework to prevent harm as weapons are used or developed in the future.

Richard Reeve is the Director for the Sustainable Security programme at the Oxford Research Group (ORG) and the ORG coordinator. Richard has a particular expertise in Sub-Saharan Africa, peace and conflict analysis, and the security perspectives of regional organizations and rising powers. Prior to joining ORG, Richard was Head of Research at International Alert, where he managed work on conflict analysis, justice and security system reform, climate change and security, and gender and conflict. He was previously a Research Fellow at the Humanitarian Futures Programme, King’s College London, an Associate Fellow of the Africa Programme at Chatham House, Africa Country Risk Editor with Jane’s Information Group, and Governance Project Officer for a conflict resolution organization in Georgia/Abkhazi.

More information on the event is available here.