Remote-Controlled Death from Above


Remote-Controlled Death from Above:

Necessary High-Tech Security or Fuel for the Fires of Extremism?


In parts of Yemen, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Somalia, the U.S. has increasingly employed predator drones in the global fight against terrorism.  These high-tech, unmanned fleets patrol some of the world’s most remote and difficult to police areas providing surveillance and targeted counter-terrorism strikes. Proponents of the use of drones claim that they are the most precise and effective way to target clusters of terrorisms without risking the lives of American pilots. Some people cite their success in killing key figures in order to weaken terrorist groups.  Others are critical of this tactic and claim that the gains in security do not justify the many civilian casualties claimed by drone strikes.  Critics claim that extremist groups are capitalizing on the fear spawned by strikes in remote areas to recruit members and fan the flames of hatred. This war is largely being waged in silence and in secret, as the president rarely acknowledges the use of drones.

Is remote-control technology the new reality 21st century war? What are the implications?

Is the use of drones in targeted killings and surveillance over sovereign territories ethical?

What role should the United States play in international security? Should we extend the use of drones to North Africa and other potentially unstable areas in the Middle East?

To what extent should these countries be responsible for policing their own remote areas?

Is the American public sufficiently informed of this issue?

Should the U.S. military intervene in international humanitarian crises such as Syria?


Here are some resources to give you more information- remember, you do not need to be an expert to come and participate!


Video made in Pakistan about the untold costs of drone warfare:

Scott Silliman, Duke law professor and director of the Center on Law, Ethics, and National Security, offers a case supporting U.S. use of drone warfare:


This forum will be co-hosted by IDG:

About IDG:
The International Development Group (IDG) is a graduate student organization comprised of public policy and management students at The H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University. Members bring a wide variety of skill sets and international experience to the table. Members have worked in fields as diverse as international
relations, arts management, real estate, international development, military affairs, and technology consulting. The IDG also leverages the strong quantitative and technology skills that a Carnegie Mellon education affords.

Promote activities and events to increase the awareness of the economic, social, cultural, and political situation in other parts of the world from a public policy perspective — both at the HeinzSchool of Public Policy, and Carnegie Mellon University.




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