Podcast: The Disappearance of the Battlefield in the Age of Global Targeting

Dr Antoine Bousquet, Senior Lecturer in International Relations, Birkbeck College, London

The Department of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS) welcomed Dr Antoine Bousquet of Birkbeck, University of London to deliver the latest in the department's seminar series. Dr Bousquet' seminar "The Disappearance of the Battlefield in the Age of Global Targeting" explained how and why the battlefield has become a decreasingly important idea within contemporary warfare, and explored the future of war and political violence in an era where remote action, drones and targeted killing are ever more sophisticated. Dr Marco Vieira responded to Dr Bousquet's presentation on behalf of the POLSIS International Relations and Security Theory  Research Group.

Dr Mark Goodwin, convenor of the POLSIS departmental seminar series commented, "We were delighted to host Dr Bousquet to speak as part of the departmental seminar series. His talk was a tour de force outlining the technological, economic and political factors driving a revolution in the nature of warfare.  The seminars provide a forum for leading academics to present up-to-the-minute contemporary research and work in progress to Birmingham scholars, and also bring students into contact with the most respected academics in their fields of study".


POLSIS hosts a number of seminars throughout the term which focuses on a number of different topics. The seminars are open to everyone. View the full list of the POLSIS seminars series 2016-17.

This event was co-hosted by the International Relations and Security Theory Research Group and the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security.

Recorded: Wednesday 1st February 2017 (16:00-18:00).

Download a transcript here