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Remote warfare – Buzzword or Buzzkill?

Biegon, Rubrick, Rauta, Vladimir, Watts, Tom F. A. (2021) Remote warfare – Buzzword or Buzzkill? Defence Studies, 21 (4). pp. 427-446. ISSN 1470-2436. (doi:10.1080/14702436.2021.1994396) (KAR id:91542)


The debates around remote warfare have grown significantly over the last decade, leading to the term acquiring a certain buzz in the media, think-tank, and policy discourse. The lack of any serious attempt to reflect and take stock of this body of scholarship informs the scope of this special issue, in general, and of this article in particular. This paper addresses this former gap and, in doing so, serves a threefold purpose. First, to provide a state-of-the-art review of this emerging debate. Second, to both categorise what properties make a buzzword and to make the case for why existing remote warfare scholarship should be approached in this way. Third, to introduce how the various contributions to this special issue extend the debate’s conceptual, theoretical, and empirical parameters.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/14702436.2021.1994396
Uncontrolled keywords: Remote warfare, contemporary conflict, security studies, international security
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Depositing User: Rubrick Biegon
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2021 10:02 UTC
Last Modified: 23 Nov 2021 23:11 UTC
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