Sudden Justice: Debating drones with Chris Woods and Dr Jack McDonald, October 5

Strife and the Centre for Science and Security Studies (CSSS) are pleased to present award-winning author and investigative journalist Chris Woods, and Dr Jack McDonald of King’s College London in a timely and lively debate to discuss the issue of drones.

Date: Monday, October 5, 2015

Time: 18:00

Location: K6.07 (King’s Building, 6th floor), Strand campus. King’s College London, WC2R 2LS. London, UK. Map here.


Drones have been a highly contentious topic for many years due to their infamous role in targeted killings, and have recently entered the spotlight in the UK after their involvement in the deaths of British jihadists, Reyaad Khan and Rahul Amin in early September. However, some argue that the use of drones helps reduce casualties in conflict and serve a useful purpose in today’s security environment. Leading experts Chris Woods and Dr Jack McDonald will be discussing the key debates and implications surrounding the increasing use of drones in the UK and beyond.

All are welcome to attend. Hurst publishers will be in attendance with copies of Woods’ recent book, “Sudden Justice” available for purchase.

Chris Woods is a widely-published investigative journalist who specialises in conflict and national security issues. A former senior BBC Panorama producer, he has authored some of the key investigations into covert US drone strikes and their true effects. He was recently awarded the Martha Gellhorn Journalism Prize for his work. He will be discussing the topic of his most recent book, “Sudden Justice: America’s Secret Drone Wars” (Hurst, 2015).

Dr. Jack McDonald is a research associate and teaching fellow with CSSS at King’s College London. His research covers the law and ethics of war, with a specific focus on novel technology. In particular, he is interested in the role of knowledge and information in the concept and conduct of war. His book “Known and Unknown Enemies: Targeted Killings and Contemporary Warfare” which focuses on the concept and practice of targeted killings will be published next year by Hurst & Co.

You can find an earlier review of “Sudden Death” by Strife’s Harris Kuemmerle here, as well as a 5-part series that Strife previously published on drones here, including a contribution by Dr McDonald. Any enquiries can be forwarded to

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