Alexander Velez-Green

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Foreign Policy Essay

The Foreign Policy Essay: The South Korean Sentry—A “Killer Robot” to Prevent War

Editor’s Note: Autonomous weapons systems—or, as it is much more fun to call them, killer robots—are a controversial weapon of war. Critics worry that they make war more likely because they do not put soldiers at risk and that having no human in the loop makes these systems more likely to kill innocents. Alexander Velez-Green of the Center for a New American Security takes on these concerns, using the case of the Korean DMZ to argue that in some circumstances killer robots raise the bar for conflict.