Civilian Harm

The Casualties of Remote Warfare
Remote warfare is only remote for some. While politicians portray it as humanitarian, so-called ‘precision’ airstrikes often lead to mass civilian casualties. The distance at which this type of war is waged and the inaccessibility of its battlefields often leads to these casualties being overlooked. In recent years, however, a growing community of NGOs have utilised remote-sensing techniques to monitor local claims of civilian harm. The resulting contestation of the exact numbers of civilian casualties has provoked intense debate. This raises pressing questions about the impact of the violence executed and democratic control.

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.


Voices from Hawija: listening six years later

Today marks 6 years exactly since the Dutch airstrike on Hawija. Researchers at IRW Isa Zoetbrood and Guusje Bloemen together with Ali Maleki, research consultant at PAX for peace, introduce our joint ongoing research with local partner Al-Ghad that investigates the civilian harm effects of the airstrike.

May 5 2021

Book Launch: Remote Warfare Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Contemporary warfare is becoming increasingly defined by distance. Instead of deploying large numbers of boots on the ground, many Western and non-Western states rely on support and training for local actors, employment of private military contractors and remote weaponry for airstrikes and surveillance This is remote warfare, the dominant method of military engagement employed by

Ignorance in war is not an excuse

The Dutch Ministry of Defence claim that they cannot know how many civilian casualties occur in their remote wars to evade accountability and public outcry. This is what Lauren Gould en Nora Stel write in their Dutch op-ed for the NRC.