Drones And Support for the Use of Force

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James Igoe Walsh


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The use of combat drones stands out as one of the most critical developments in 21st-century military actions. The use of drones has influenced foreign policy decisions, impacted democratic control of military action, and sparked debate about civilian and military casualties in conflicts.
Learn more about this important topic from UNC Charlotte political scientist James Igoe Walsh, during his Personally Speaking virtual talk on Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. A noted expert, Walsh will draw from his book Drones and Support for the Use of Force and share details from new research on the topic. This is your chance to engage with one of UNC Charlotte's most distinguished researchers.

Walsh’s findings in Drones and Support for the Use of Force (University of Michigan Press 2018) -- that drones have important but nuanced effects on support for the use of force -- have implications for democratic control of military action and civil-military relations and provide insight into how the proliferation of military technologies influences foreign policy. 

The Drones and Support for the Use of Force Personally Speaking recording with Walsh will be available soon.

Walsh, a professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration in UNC Charlotte’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, was awarded the First Citizens Bank Scholars Medal for 2020. His research interests include armed conflict and civil wars and international security cooperation and conflict. His work has been published by Columbia University Press, the Journal of Conflict ResolutionInternational Studies Quarterly, among others. Walsh serves as Lead Principal Investigator on the U.S. Defense Department’s Minerva Research Initiative grant supporting a “Resources and Conflict” project. 

Co-author Marcus Schulzke is a lecturer in international relations at the University of York, United Kingdom.

For more information about the Personally Speaking series, please visit this section of the Personally Speaking website.