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British Pugwash Annual Report 2014

Key topics: developments on the international disarmament scene with major implications for British Pugwash; Trident and the General Election; the Disarmament Institute (BRINDI); science and ethics, including the military robotics debate; UK and European energy policy. Read or download the report (pdf)

The ethics of developing technologies

Two lines of work, on the ethics of military robotics and the potential development of autonomous weapons, have developed since 2013. These issues are highly relevant to Pugwash's concern with ethical and humanitarian constraints on the conduct of warfare.

Security by remote control – can it work?

Professor Paul Rogers, Professor of Peace Studies at Bradford University, traces moves towards ‘remote’ forms of warfare and warns that they will bring new dangers. He examines not only the use of armed drones, but takes a wider perspective which also covers the expansion of special forces and private military companies.