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C. Christine Fair, PhD Biography

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,”, Jan. 29, 2013

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
  • Education:
  • 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
  • Other:
  • Reads and speaks Urdu, Punjabi, Hindi, and Farsi
  • Member, International Institute for Strategic Studies
  • Member, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Member, International Studies Association
  • Member, American Political Science Association
  • Member, American Institute of Pakistan Studies
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