On September 17th 2018, the Remote Warfare Programme brought together a distinguished panel at Fyvie Hall to discuss the political, legal, and military implications of remote warfare. The Remote Warfare Programme's Director Emily Knowles chaired the event. The discussants were Professor Patrick PorterProfessor Michael Clarke and Dr Louise Arimatsu

All comments in the recording are on the record. 


Introduction by Emily Knowles | 00:00 - 09:13

Patrick Porter | 09:14 - 21:42

Louise Arimatsu | 21:50 - 37:33

Michael Clarke | 37:43 - 52:48


The Reports

The reports, which served as the discussion points for the event, are available here: 

Lawful But Awful? Legal and political challenges of remote warfare and working with partners” argues that this type of engagement creates legal “grey zones” which may leave the UK open to legal liability and, perhaps as importantly, it argues that just because something is legal does not mean it is a good strategy.

"Remote Warfare: Lessons Learned from Contemporary Theatres” looks at the practical challenges for British forces engaged in remote warfare and the “military myths” surrounding it that are feeding strategic incoherence.

“No Such Thing as a Quick Fix: The Aspiration-Capabilities Gap in British Remote Warfare” identifies a gap in the UK government’s stated aims of achieving long-term stability in the places it intervenes and the short-term, counter-terrorism focus of its current operations which could be undermining the chances of peace.

Image credit: US Army /Wikimedia Commons. 

About the Speakers:

Emily Knowles is Director of the Remote Warfare Programme. 

Professor Patrick Porter is Professor of Strategic Studies and Academic Director of the Strategy and Security Institute.

Dr Louise Arimatsu is Distinguished Policy Fellow in the Centre for Women, Peace and Security at the London School of Economics where she works on the AHRC-funded project 'A Feminist International Law of Peace and Security'. Her current research projects include 'A Feminist Foreign Policy' and 'Women and Weapons'.

Professor Michael Clarke is Senior Associate Fellow st the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) from 2007 to 2015 when he retired from that role  . He was Director-General of RUSI from 2007 to 2015 when he retired from that role.