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26 September 2012: Remote Control – the Dangerous New Way of Fighting War

Drones (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles - UAVs) are the new face of warfare for the US and many of the world’s biggest defence spenders. Analysis on drone attacks in Pakistan has shown that for every militant leader killed, 10 civilians also have died.

How should we deal with this fast-growing threat?

Amnesty International Malvern Hills Group, in association with the Chase School Malvern Group, was proud to present a PUBLIC MEETING entitled Remote Control –  the Dangerous New Way of Fighting War.

The meeting was led by our Speaker, PAUL ROGERS, Professor of Peace Studies at the University of Bradford, where he teaches courses on international and environmental security, arms control and political violence.   He took his doctorate in plant sciences at Imperial College, and then lectured there as well as working as a Senior Scientific Officer on a development programme in East Africa.

He moved into peace and conflict research over 30 years ago through an interest in environmental science and conflict over resources, and his publications include 26 books and over 150 papers.   His recent books include A War Too Far: Iran, Iraq and the New American Century (Pluto Press, 2006), Global Security and the War on Terror (Routledge, 2007) and Towards Sustainable Security (Oxford Research Group, 2007).   A third edition of his book, Losing Control: Global Security in the 21st Century, was published in 2010.   His work has been translated into many languages including Chinese, Japanese, French, German, Greek, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan, Farsi, Thai and Turkish.  He was Chair of the British International Studies Association, 2002-04.

Paul Rogers lectures regularly at universities and defence colleges in several countries, he was recently an External Examiner for the MA programmes at the Royal College of Defence Studies and the Joint Service Command and Staff College and he has given evidence to several Parliamentary Select Committees.  He is a frequent broadcaster on international security issues for the BBC World Service and other international and national networks including the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, US National Public Radio, German Radio, Austrian FM4 4 and Radio France International.   He writes a weekly analysis of international security trends for the Open Democracy web journal and is global security consultant to Oxford Research Group.

Paul Rogers' talk was followed by a Discussion and Questions from the floor.

The Public Meeting took place on Wednesday 26 September 2012 at 7.30pm at The Chase School, Malvern (doors open 7pm).



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