- Research Officer
- Remote Warfare Programme Team
Abigail Watson is a Research Officer at ORG’s Remote Warfare Programme. She researches and presents on the military, legal, and political implications of light-footprint remote warfare. Her research interests include: long term planning and decision-making processes in UK defence policy; the rise in targeted killing as a counter-terrorism tool; the long-term implications of current military operations; and the UK’s provision of capabilities to conflicts in areas where the UK has not admitted to its own military engagement.
She also runs the team’s blog and Twitter feed, which you can follow @Remote_Warfare.
Her articles have been published in E-IR, OpenDemocracy, Real Clear Defense, Defence Report, the Small Wars Journal, and War is Boring.
Latest from Abigail Watson:
- “All Quiet on the ISIS Front: British Secret Warfare in an Information Age”, https://remotecontrolproject.org/publications/quiet-isis-front-british-secret-warfare-information-age/
- “Are There Sufficient Mechanisms to Protect UK Special Forces?” in Defence Report: https://remotecontrolprojectblog.org/2017/11/30/are-there-sufficient-mechanisms-to-protect-uk-special-forces/
- “The Golden Age of Special Forces” in E-IR, link: https://remotecontrolprojectblog.org/2017/11/29/the-golden-age-of-special-operations-forces/
- “The Devil is in the Detail: The Problem with the UK’s Legal Basis for Self-Defence” in Open Democracy: https://remotecontrolprojectblog.org/2017/07/21/the-devil-is-in-the-detail-the-problem-with-the-uks-legal-basis-for-self-defence/
- “Targeted Killing: A New Departure for British Defence and Security Policy”: https://remotecontrolproject.org/publications/targeted-killing-new-departure-british-defence-security-policy/
- “The Dangers of the UK’s Blanket No Comment Policy for Special Forces” in RealClearDefense: https://remotecontrolprojectblog.org/2017/07/21/the-dangers-of-the-uks-blanket-no-comment-policy-for-special-forces/
- “Why the UK will Lose the Information War Against Terrorism” in Small Wars Journal: https://remotecontrolprojectblog.org/2017/04/24/article-why-the-uk-will-lose-the-information-war-against-terrorism/