Civilian Harm

The Casualties of Remote Warfare
Remote warfare is only remote for some. While modern military interventions are often portrayed as caring and humanitarian, so-called ‘precision’ airstrikes can and often do lead to civilian casualties. The distance at which this war is waged and the inaccessibility of its battlefields may lead to these casualties being overlooked or under-publicised. In recent years, however, a growing community of NGOs and journalists have utilised remote-sensing techniques and open-source intelligence (OSINT) to monitor and verify local claims of civilian casualties in real-time. The resulting negotiation and contestation of the exact numbers of civilian casualties and the means of recording them has provoked intense debate, raising a number of questions about the nature of the violence being waged and public oversight by those it is waged on behalf of.

Here you will find our own research output and a variety of other thematically relevant publications, blogs, events and podcasts we have been inspired by in our investigations into the Intimacies of Remote Warfare.