Saturday, January 24, 2015

Interfaith Conference on Drone Warfare: Session 5 - Strategic Implications of Policy Positions

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

The Effects of Drone Warfare:

Does the use of lethal drones advance the U.S. war against the violence of non-state actors? How does the use of lethal drones compare in effectiveness with other measures being used to counter violence by non-state actors? Are U.S. drone strikes actually inciting more anti-American sentiment (blow-back) and consequently unintentionally encouraging more recruits for Al-Qaeda and other non-state actors? How do other nations view U.S. policy on the use of lethal drones? How does the UN view lethal drone use? Has U.S. drone policy hurt U.S. foreign policy in any way? What are the effects on civilians in areas where lethal drones are being used? What are the effects on the drone operators?

The CIA:

Currently, the CIA is engaged in the military operations of drone warfare as well as intelligence. Should military operations be removed from the CIA and what are the impediments to doing so?

War Zones:

International law strongly prohibits the use of force by one state in the territory of another, except during war or with the explicit consent of the other state. What exactly is a war zone, and what areas are non-combat zones in this modern era where active conflicts by state and non-state actors are found all around the world?


Elizabeth Beavers, Legislative Associate, Friends Committee on National Legislation


Dr. Susan Thistlethwaite, Professor of Theology, Chicago Theological Seminary
Benjamin Friedman, Research Fellow in Defense and Homeland Security Studies, Cato Institute

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