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Rules of Engagement: The Legal, Ethical and Moral Challenges of the Long War

Students free of charge

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

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Documentary filmmaker Carl Colby and David Johnson of Act 4 Entertainment present this collaboration between the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College and Carnegie Council.

This panel will address the legal challenges that the United States faces in the "War on Terror" and consider how this borderless battle against an increasingly atomized and transnational enemy possibly facilitates or necessitates the exercise of executive powers that bypass government structures of transparency and accountability.
The panelists will discuss whether the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, to remotely target and kill enemy combatants in undeclared war zones violates the traditional legal limits to the U.S. government's use of force against its enemies. Can it be considered legal and within the mandate of the executive branch? How can the United States protect its citizens and national security interests while adhering to the Constitution as well as to domestic and international law?

And could the same legal justifications for the use of drones/UAVs be applied beyond the traditional theaters of Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia to new front lines in the War on Terror, including the United States itself?

Kenneth Anderson is professor of law at Washington College of Law at American University and visiting fellow at The Hoover Institution of War, Revolution and Peace at Stanford University.

Charles A. Blanchard is former general counsel of the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Department of the Army. He is currently a partner at Arnold & Porter LLP in Washington, DC, and is a member of the government contracts and national security practices.

Robert Grenier is the former director of the CIA's Counterterrorism Center and station chief of Islamabad, Pakistan. He is currently chairman of ERG Partners, an independent financial and strategic advisory firm focusing on the security and intelligence sectors

Event Sponsors:

Donald M. Kendall
Rockefeller Family & Associates 

Registration is required and seating is limited. Free for Friends Committee Members, Patron Subscribers, Carnegie New Leaders, and special invitees. For Public Affairs Subscribers and non-members the admission fee is $25. Payment must be received upon registration. The registration deadline is Monday, February 3, 2014. To register, please contact

Speakers: Kenneth Anderson, Charles A. Blanchard, Robert Grenier


Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs
Merrill House
170 East 64th Street
New York, NY 10065-7478

(212) 838-4120
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