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19 November, 2015
Bowland Auditorium, Berrick Saul Building York Yo10 5DD GB
A Remote Control project event, hosted by York Think Tank on the effectiveness of remote warfare methods in tackling today’s security problems.


How effective are new methods of war in tackling the security problems of today? Do drones cause more problems than they solve? Can Special Forces alone tackle matters of National Security abroad? Does Remote Control Warfare make our world safer or even more chaotic? A panel of experts will debate these issues and more.

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.

Prof. Caroline Kennedy is the head of the school of politics, philosophy and international studies at theUniversity 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.

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.

Katherine Tajer is a Research Assistant at The Verification Research, Training and Information Centre (VERTIC) and has contributed to the organisation’s internal reports on cyber security and arms control. Katherine holds a BA in International Relations from Tufts University. Her previous experience is with the Institute for Science and International Security and Amnesty International UK.

James Rogers is an Associate Lecturer in International Politics at the University of York. His research focuses on American strategic thought, drone warfare and contemporary security issues. His work has appeared in the International Journal of Human Rights, International Peacekeeping and the Guardian. His first monograph, entitled ‘Precision: An American Desire?’ is forthcoming in 2016. James also provides expert analysis and current affairs commentary for the media. He has previously appeared on BBC Radio, Channel 7 News, and debated contemporary security issues on Analysis. James was recently elected to the Executive Committee of the BISA Postgraduate Network for the 2015-16 term.

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