A critical evaluation of American drone strikes in Pakistan: Legality, legitimacy and prudence

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Abstract

This article critically evaluates the American counterterrorism strategy of carrying out drone strikes in the tribal areas of Pakistan to enquire whether undertaking these actions could be described as a responsible policy. The analytical framework is introduced through the idea that, being a great power, the United States has a responsibility to act legally, legitimately and prudently. This framework is then applied to the current case study. The analysis concludes that it is not possible to classify the said policy as a responsible one.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)313-329
Number of pages17
JournalCritical Studies on Terrorism
Volume4
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2011

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