Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth
Pro to the question "Should the United States Continue Its Use of Drone Strikes Abroad?"
"[M]y best judgment is that from the U.S. perspective, drone strikes have done more good than harm and should be continued...
One point in favor of drone strikes is that they are weakening Al Qaeda, the Taliban and affiliated groups, and hence protecting lives, American and other. Also, there don’t seem to be better means of doing so...
First, states have a primary responsibility for the protection of their own citizens. If drone strikes are the best way to remove an all-too-real threat to American lives, then that is an especially weighty consideration.
Second, I doubt that ending drone strikes would substantially reduce anti-Americanism in the Islamic world or put a dent in radical recruitment...
Finally, there is evidence that drone strikes are less harmful to civilians than other means of reaching Al Qaeda and affiliates in remote, lawless regions (for example, large-scale military operations). And that is what is required of states in armed conflict, legally and ethically: where civilian casualties cannot be avoided, they must be minimized."
"Drones Save Lives, American and Other," nytimes.com, Nov. 14, 2012
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:
Member, Steering Committee, War, Virtual War, and Human Security Project, 2008-present
Associate Professor, Political Science, University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, 2006-present
Member, Association for Political Theory Conference Program Committee, 2009
Member, Awards Committee of the American Political Science Association Division on Politics, Literature, and Film, 2009
Visiting Scholar, Department of Sociology, New York University, 2005-2006
Postdoctoral Fellow, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, 2005-2006
Assistant Professor of Political Science, Concordia University, 2002-2005
PhD, Political Science, McGill University, 2001
MA, Political Science, University of Toronto, 1994
BA, Political Science and English Literature, University of Toronto, 1991