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Drones and Targeted Killing: Legal, Moral, and Geopolitical Issues (Introduction)

DRONES AND TARGETED KILLING: LEGAL, MORAL, AND GEOPOLITICAL ISSUES, Olive Branch Press (Interlink Books), 2014, Forthcoming

Thomas Jefferson School of Law Research Paper No. 2446762

24 Pages Posted: 13 Jun 2014  

Marjorie Cohn

Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Date Written: June 12, 2014

Abstract

The Bush administration detained and tortured suspected terrorists. The Obama administration assassinates them. Assassination off the battlefield, or targeted killing, not only causes more resentment against the United States, it is also illegal. In this book, an interdisciplinary collection of essays edited by Professor Marjorie Cohn of Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, human rights and political activists, policy analysts, lawyers and legal scholars (including Professor Cohn), a philosopher, a journalist, and a sociologist examine different aspects of the U.S. policy of targeted killing by drones and other methods. The book explores the legal, moral, and geopolitical considerations of targeted killing and resulting civilian casualties, and evaluates the impact on relations between the United States and affected countries.

Keywords: drones, targeted killing, assassination, just war, United Nations Charter, civilian casualties, Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen, use of military force, U.S. foreign policy

JEL Classification: K19, K33

Suggested Citation

Cohn, Marjorie, Drones and Targeted Killing: Legal, Moral, and Geopolitical Issues (Introduction) (June 12, 2014). DRONES AND TARGETED KILLING: LEGAL, MORAL, AND GEOPOLITICAL ISSUES, Olive Branch Press (Interlink Books), 2014, Forthcoming; Thomas Jefferson School of Law Research Paper No. 2446762. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2446762

Marjorie Cohn (Contact Author)

Thomas Jefferson School of Law ( email )

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San Diego, CA 92101
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