Remote Warfare & Non-Western States

‘Non-Western Remote Warfare’ puts the spotlight on an important yet understudied aspect of contemporary conflict – the use of remote warfare tools, practices and strategies by non-Western states. China, Russia, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). By exploring the range of ways in which these five key states engage in contemporary conflict, this project aims to highlight the important and sometimes unique ways in which non-western states practice or contribute to remote warfare.

How has Turkey used remote strategies to flex its military power across Libya, Syria and the Caucuses? How has Saudi Arabian and UAE remote warfare contributed to the harrowing humanitarian crisis in Yemen? What role do private military contractors (PMC) play in Russian contemporary conflict strategies? What impact will the widespread proliferation of Chinese-made unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to states with problematic human rights records have on international security? What precedents set by Western states like the US are informing non-western practices today?

By decolonising the study of remote warfare, IRW aims to pull back the curtain on a too-often ignored or dismissed part of this challenging phenomenon.

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