Remote warfare – Buzzword or Buzzkill?

Rubrick Biegon, Vladimir Rauta, Tom Watts

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)427-446
Number of pages20
JournalDefence Studies
Issue number4
Early online date10 Nov 2021
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 10 Nov 2021


  • Remote warfare
  • Contemporary Conflict
  • Security Studies
  • International Security

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