PhD Candidate Political Science University of California, Irvine
John R. Emery is a PhD candidate in the department of Political Science at University of California, Irvine, a lecturer of National Security for the Master of Arts in International Studies program and the Vietnam War in the Peace Studies department at Chapman University. His area of study is at the intersection of International Relations, ethics of war, national security, and technology, law & society. Previous research has centered on U.S. drone warfare in Yemen and Pakistan, creating a hybrid ethical framework between the law enforcement and just war paradigms for evaluating targeted killings outside of declared war zones. Additionally, he has focused on the adoption of drone technology by humanitarian organizations like MSF and UN Peacekeeping missions, analyzing and problematizing the emerging category of humanitarian drones. His work on war, drones, and counter-terrorism has been published in Peace Review and Ethics & International Affairs. Current research is concerned with the way in which technology is seen as the solution for making war an inherently more ethical space, while exploring how the humanist tradition in political thought can help us to answer the difficult questions of the ethics of war in the robotics era. Other areas of interest explore the temporality of the U.S. "War on Terror," artificial intelligence, national security, terrorism/counter-terrorism, and the use of preventive force short of war.