Adam Saxton

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Adam Saxton is a research intern in the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, where his research focuses on U.S. force structure in Europe, defense reform, and the impact of emerging technology on warfare. He was previously a Joseph S. Nye, Jr. research intern in the Defense Strategies and Assessments Program at the Center for a New American Security.

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Foreign Policy Essay

(Un)Dignified Killer Robots? The Problem with the Human Dignity Argument

Editor's Note: Autonomous weapons systems are often vilified as “killer robots” that will slay thousands without compunction – arguments that the systems’ proponents often dismiss with a wave of their hands. Adam Saxton, a research intern at the Center for Strategic and International Studies , argues that the picture is neither black nor white. Autonomous weapons do pose ethical issues in the conduct of warfare, but often the arguments for or against them caricature the weapons and misunderstand their actual use.

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