Assistant Professor at Georgetown University's Center for Peace and Security Studies
Pro to the question "Should the United States Continue Its Use of Drone Strikes Abroad?"
"[W]e can conclude for several reasons that drones are the best alternative, once the United States... decides that a person is to be killed.
The tribal areas are governed by the colonial-era Frontier Crimes Regulation rather than Pakistan’s constitution. Because of this, there are no police forces in the area, but rather militias, paramilitary and military forces. Americans could not therefore detain suspects without ground operations.
Alternatives are more deadly and devastating: Pakistani military operations, which are not precise and have displaced up to 4 million people, devastate infrastructure and displace whole communities.
And while Pakistan helps the United States in some operations it undermines the United States in others. For this reason, the United States cannot simply outsource such an assignment to Pakistan because there have been too many cases where the Pakistanis have alerted the targets in advance.
Drones... are the best option at least in the tribal areas."
"For Now, Drones Are the Best Option," nytimes.com, Jan. 29, 2013
Experts Individuals with PhDs, JDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the legal or strategic use of drone strikes; high-level military commanders; military officers with experience piloting drones; and executive-level federal government officials significantly involved in drone strikes and related issues. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
Assistant Professor, Center for Peace and Security Studies, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, 2009-present
Senior Political Scientist, RAND Corporation, 2007-2009
Political Affairs Officer, United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan, June 2007 - Oct. 2007
Senior Research Associate - South Asia and Terrorism, Center for Conflict Analysis and Prevention, United States Institute of Peace, 2004-2007
Associate Political Scientist, RAND Corporation, 1997-2004
Senior Fellow, Combating Terrorism Center at West Point
PhD, South Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago, 2004
MA, South Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago, 1997
MA, Public Policy, University of Chicago, 1997
BS, Biological Chemistry, University of Chicago, 1991