Friday, January 23, 2015

Interfaith Conference on Drone Warfare: Session 1 - Basic Facts About Drones


Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ
January 23 - 25, 2015

Statement from the Conference Organizers:

U.S. drone strikes continue in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Iraq and Syria. On the weekend of January 23 - 25, people of faith from across the nation, many representing denominations, faith groups and religious organizations, will come to Princeton Theological Seminary to address the issue of drone warfare.

Those attending will accomplish three tasks:

1. Clarify the nature of lethal drones. Policy recommendations will be made by the conference to the U.S. government. Speakers with expertise in military strategy, international law, U.S. law, and national security will make presentations followed by discussion by all participants.

2. Apply our various traditions to our understanding of drone warfare to more fully understand this issue. People of all faiths are invited to participate.

3. Recommendations will be developed for how the religious community will address this issue.

Session One: Why This Conference, and the Basic Facts about Drones

Introduction: Rev. Richard Killmer, Project Director, Interfaith Conference On Drone Warfare

Moderator: Rabbi Charles M. Feinberg, Adas Israel Congregation, Washington, DC

The Most Reverend Richard E. Pates, Roman Catholic Bishop of Des Moines, Iowa

Jeremy Waldren, University Professor, New York University School of Law

Introduction: Rev. Robert Moore, Executive Director, Peace Action Education

Dr. Rush Holt, CEO, American Assoc. for the Advancement of Science,
Former US Representative for New Jersey's 12th Congressional District

Dr. Maryann Cusimano-Love, Associate Professor of International Relations of The Catholic University of America

Interfaith Worship

Imam Sohaib Sultan, Muslim Chaplain, Princeton University

Rev. Sandy Strauss, Pennsylvania Council of Churches

Production costs for this series of videos are partially underwritten by Coalition for Peace Action and by Broome County Peace Action.