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Abstracts are invited for a two day multidisciplinary workshop at cii – the Centre for International Intervention at the University of Surrey - on 12 and 13 July 2012. The workshop’s objective is to explore how new selective precision strike capabilities available to military and intelligence forces are shaping approaches to international intervention. The workshop will provide a forum for dialogue between different academic disciplines, as well as between academia and policy-makers/practitioners. Hence papers addressing the subject from behavioural, ethical, legal and politico/military perspectives – or a combination of these perspectives - are particularly welcome. The organisers also wish to explore these issues from the perspective of those on the receiving end of intervention as well as those who carry it out. Participation at the workshop is limited to 60 people.
Since the end of the Cold War US technological superiority has led to a more proactive – and, some would argue, high risk – approach to international military intervention. This has included air campaigns without the commitment of large numbers of troops on the ground (as in Kosovo and Libya) supported by Special Forces. The parallel developments of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UASs) and electronic data intercept technologies have expanded further the potential scope of interventions, for example against Islamic militants in the tribal areas of Pakistan. This raises a number of important questions about the thresholds for military intervention, the way it is carried out, and its consequences; in particular whether ethical, legal, and policy frameworks have kept up with the pace of technological change and how this affects the behaviour of those responsible for policy and for its implementation on the ground.
While much attention has focussed on US precision-strike capabilities, since the end of the Cold War Britain, France, and Germany have also undertaken a partial and selective emulation of the key capabilities which underpin the US-led Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA). Initiatives under the European Defence Agency and European Space Agency appear to hint at a Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) that is becoming increasingly militarised and also allows European nations to decouple themselves from reliance on US assets. This raises interesting questions about the future of the Atlantic Alliance and CSDP: whether Europe will soon be in a position to ‘go it alone’ and whether the ethical, legal and behavioural contexts of European operations may foster a very different attitude toward the use of technology. Interesting questions also arise in relation to the development and operationalisation of the capabilities of, especially, China, India and Russia.
Prospective papers could potentially address the following questions:
Do the new capabilities fundamentally change the policy options available to political leaders?
Have states’ ethical, legal, and policy frameworks kept pace with technological developments and if not, how do they need to be revised?
What are the human and behavioural consequences of the adoption of the new capabilities?
Confirmed speakers at the workshop include:
Abstracts should reach the organisers by 3 February 2012.
Please use the form below to submit your abstract (300 words).
Notification will be by the end of February 2012.
Please contact Dr Tom Dyson email@example.com for further details about the Call for Papers.
Presentations may consist of either a summary (approximately 2000 words), a full written paper or Powerpoint slides saved in a PDF format. Presentations will be made available to workshop delegates through a password protected web page in advance of the workshop.
Presentation submission deadline: 1 June 2012
Please send your presentations to Dr Wali Aslam firstname.lastname@example.org
Please address all administrative enquiries to Ms Mirela Dumic email@example.com
We are not able to offer bursaries for travel and accommodation costs, but accommodation at reasonable rates is available on the University campus.
Professor Sir Mike Aaronson, cii – The Centre for International Intervention, School of Politics and Dr Tom Dyson, School of Politics
Dr Regina Rauxloh, School of Law and Dr Wali Aslam, cii, School of Politics