Resources on Drone Warfare

by Joshua Carson


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The bibliography below is a list of resource materials that will help introduce readers to US drone warfare. I've also included several pieces related to the "war on terror." Be sure to check out our four-part series on drones, "Unjust Drone Warfare."

Part 1: Drones & the Just War Tradition

Part 2: The United States' Use of Drone Strikes

Part 3: US Unjust Drone Use

Part 4: How Christian Congregations Can Respond 


Al-Saleh, Huda. "The Women of Al-Qaeda." Asharq Al-Awsat, January 5, 2014.

Becker, Jo and Scott Shane. "Secret 'Kill List' Proves a Test of Obama's Principles and Will." The New York Times, May 29, 2012.

Brennan, John O. "The Ethics and Efficacy of the President's Counterterrorism Strategy." Office of the Press Secretary, The White House, April 30, 2012.

Church of the Brethren Mission and Ministry Board. "Resolution Against Drone Warfare" (2013).

Cohn, Marjorie, ed. Drones and Targeted Killing: Legal, Moral, and Geopolitical Issues. Northampton: Olive Branch Press, 2015.

Cole, Pat. "Assembly asks government to follow due process when drones are used." Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), June 21, 2014.

Committee on International Justice and Peace. "Letter to Mr. Thomas E. Donilon." Washington D.C.: May 17, 2013.

Elsea, Jennifer K. and Matthew C. Weed. "Declarations of War and Authorizations for the Use of Military Force: Historical Background and Legal Implications." Congressional Research Service, April 18, 2014.

Gude, Ken. "Understanding Authorizations for the Use of Military Force." Center for American Progress, September 24, 2014.

International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic at Stanford Law School and Global Justice Clinic at NYU School of Law, Living Under Drones: Death, Injury, and Trauma to Civilians From US Drone Practices in Pakistan (2012).

National Black Church Initiative. "NBCI Condemns Obama Administration's Drone Policy as Murder and Evil." Washington, DC: February 19, 2013.

National Security Strategy Archive.

Office of International Justice and Peace. "Background on Armed Drones." U.S.Conference of Catholic Bishops. Washington D.C.: January 2014.

Office of the Press Secretary. Statement by the President on Airstrikes in Syria. The White House. Washington, DC: September 23, 2014.

Office of the Press Secretary. Statement by the President on ISIL. The White House. Washington, DC: September 10, 2014.

Scahill, Jeremy. Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield. New York: Nation Books, 2013.

Shane, Scott. "C.I.A. Is Disputed on Civilian Toll in Drone Strikes." New York Times, August 11, 2011.

Shank, Duane. "DRONE WATCH: Methodist Church of Britain Opposes Use of Drones." Sojourners, July 5, 2012.

Stassen, Glen H. and David P. Gushee. Kingdom Ethics: Following Jesus in Contemporary Context. Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2003.

Theologies of Nonviolence and Social Change, a class of Palmer Theological Seminary, found under "Drone Liturgy" at Evangelicals for Social Action, March 14, 2014.

Sarah van Gelder, Interview with Jim Wallis. "Meet the Refreshing Evangelical Who's Leading a Revival-of "the Common Good," YES! Magazine, May 30, 2013.

The White House. "National Security Strategy." Washington D.C., May 2010. (Note: An updated version of the National Security was released in February of 2015.)

Woods, Chris and Rahimullah Yusufzai. "Get the Data: Twenty-five deadly strikes." The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, July 18, 2011.

Zenko, Micah. Reforming U.S. Drone Strike Policies. Council on Foreign Relations: Center for Preventative Action, Council Special Report No. 65. New York: 2013.


Josh Carson is Pastor of Student Ministries at First Baptist Church of Bethlehem, PA, and is a Sider Scholar & Ayres Scholar with ESA while working on his M.Div. at Palmer Theological Seminary of Eastern University. Read also his "Demons of the Skies," an article that looks at drones as demons.

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