Forthcoming in International Politics
41 Pages Posted: 31 May 2017 Last revised: 15 Jun 2017
Date Written: May 30, 2017
Targeted killing by drones is a systemic driven instrumental practice that overrides societal non-instrumental practices that are essential for international society. Doing so, targeted killing by drones is not simply another form of inflicting violence by technical means to political opponents. It also inflicts the agents applying this practice, tempting them to frame it as a permissible measure to preserve international society. The reliance on drones for targeted killing, however, is a pursuit of non-societal practices that seek individual and retributive justice and anticipatory and preventive self-defence by means of force relying on technological advantage. Eventually, it permits military tactics to steer political strategy, eventually mitigating standards and practices agreed on in norms, rules of conduct, and institutions.
Keywords: Drones, English School, International Society, Realism, Targeted Killing
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Troy, Jodok, International Society's Challenge of Targeted Killing by Drones (May 30, 2017). Forthcoming in International Politics. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2977419