Rules of Engagement: The Legal, Ethical and Moral Challenges of the Long War
Please join us for a discussion on the legal challenges that the United States faces in the "War on Terror" and consider how this borderless battle against an increasingly atomized and transnational enemy possibly facilitates or necessitates the exercise of executive powers that bypass government structures of transparency and accountability.
The panelists will discuss whether the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, to remotely target and kill enemy combatants in undeclared war zones violates the traditional legal limits to the U.S. government's use of force against its enemies. Can it be considered legal and within the mandate of the executive branch? How can the United States protect its citizens and national security interests while adhering to the Constitution as well as to domestic and international law?
And could the same legal justifications for the use of drones/UAVs be applied beyond the traditional theaters of Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia to new front lines in the War on Terror, including the United States itself?