27 March 2019

From 28 February to 1 March, the Remote Warfare Programme held a two day conference entitled ‘Conceptualising Remote Warfare: The Past, Present and Future’. Sponsored by the British International Studies Association, the conference brought together a wide range of experts from the military, academia, civil society and parliament and explored the many aspects of remote warfare. 

This roundtable looks at how Artificial intelligence will effect the future of remote warfare.

Track 1


Abigail Watsona and Megan Megan Karlshoej-Pedersen


AI and the Future of War: Misconceptions and Meditations

Dr Larry Lewis, Center for Autonomy and Artificial Intelligence at CAN


The Promises and Perils of AI Applications in Peace Operations: The Case of NATO

Dr Velomahanina Tahinjanahary Razakamaharavo, UC Louvain


Novel Practices of Remote Warfare? The Question of Autonomous Weapons Systems

Dr Ingvild Bode, University of Kent


What Implications Will The Ongoing Developments In Artificial Intelligence And Robotics Have For Remote Warfare In The Future?

Robert Clark


UK Remote Warfare and the Future of Parliamentary Oversight

Dr Peter Finn, Kingston University


Killing at a Distance: Drones, Autonomous Weapons, and the Neo-Liberal State

Dr Hendrik Huelss, University of Kent

Image credit: Florian Weihmann/Pexels. 

About the speakers

Larry Lewis is the Director of the Center for Autonomy and Artificial Intelligence at CNA. His areas of expertise include lethal autonomy, reducing civilian casualties, identifying lessons from current operations, security assistance, and counterterrorism.

Velomahanina Tahinjanahary Razakamaharavo is a Policy Leader Fellow at the School of Transnational Governance, EUI in Florence, Italy and a Research Associate/ Scientific Collaborator at UCLouvain in Belgium.  She tweets at: @razkmv. 

Hendrik Huelss is a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the School of Politics and International Relations, University of Kent. His research is on International Relations Theory with a focus on norms and governmentality studies. Empirically, he is interested in Autonomous Weapons Systems, the EU’s external relations, and the role of technologies in neoliberal governing. Hendrik supports the development of grant applications in the School of Politics and IR.

Ingvild Bode is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Kent. ngvild is the author of Individual Agency and Policy Change at the United Nations (Routledge, 2015) and the co-author of Governing the Use-of-Force: The Post-9/11 US Challenge on International Law (Palgrave, 2014, with Aiden Warren). She has published in journals such as the European Journal of International Relations, Global Governance, International Studies Perspectives, and Contemporary Security Policy.   

Robert Clark is Researcher and Security Analyst and a Postgrad Researcher at Kings College London. 

Peter Finn is a Lecturer in Politics, International Relations and Human Rights at Kingston University.