Paul Lushenko, Major, U.S. Army
Department of Government, Cornell University
I am a U.S. Army Officer with 15 years of experience providing intelligence support to Special Operations Forces as well as a PhD candidate in International Relations at Cornell University. I combine my passion for the "English School" of International Relations Theory, sometimes referred to as constructivism, with my expertise in drone warfare to understand why America's use of strategically consequential drone strikes erodes its reputation and international society's legitimacy in some instances but not in others, although surgical force is similarly applied and with like - operational - effects. This puzzle begs an important but under-analyze research question, partly because realist explanations dominate the literature. Why does America conduct drone strikes and how do their intended purpose(s) inform the balance between Washington's vital national security interests and the legitimacy of international society, which is constituted by consensually negotiated norms?
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