The Policy and Law of Remote Warfare
Countering threats from a distance and over long periods of time has radically altered our ideas of warfare. Without clearly-demarcated battlefields, explicit declarations of war, or boots on the ground, the rules and expectations surrounding when and how war is fought has become increasingly complex. How, then, is remote warfare politically and legally enabled, legitimised, accounted for and contested, both domestically and internationally?

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.

More drones, more war

The notion that deploying drones will enable militaries to conduct war with greater precision and less civilian harm is neither new, nor accurate argues the IRW team in an op-ed for the Dutch newspaper the NRC.

December 12 2020

How Remote is Remote Warfare?

What does it mean for warfare to be ‘remote’? How can the turn to remote warfare among Western countries be explained? And what effect does this distance have on transparency and accountability? On the 1st of December, The Intimacies of Remote Warfare project leader Prof. Dr. Jolle Demmers will be tackling the big questions surrounding

The Good War

This five part podcast series made by IRW’s Isa Zoetbrood reflects on The Netherlands’ use of remote warfare and the acquisition of its first MQ reaper drones.

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.