Professor Christopher Coker, London School of Economics
Contemporary trends are changing the nature and dynamics of conflicts. It is unlikely that conflicts will render less inhuman than it has done in previous centuries. Coker addresses the use of space as an example how national sovereignty can be challenged. There are possibilities to engage in space, from space and into space.
The major players are China, the US, and Russia. If attempts at taking out any of the others satellites occur – it could go nuclear. Everything is operated through satellites, such as navigation and communication as examples.
When we come to drones and autonomous systems there is always a social history. From machine guns to drones, you have irrational weapons systems that have revolutionized the way armed conflicts are conducted.
– The drone is becoming the people´s weapon in the next people’s war.
In a historical context conflicts have usually developed in steps.
1. In the longest period of human of history – the opponents have been between “the have nots vs the have”.
2. Conflict between “the house”
3. Jihad – and the ideological conflict
The threats of terrorism are hard to discover and provide countermeasures to. Profiling jihadist is almost impossible, such as serial killers in the US have never been caught on the basis of profiling; no jihadists have been caught on profiling.
The world is getting smaller and to summarize, it is conflicted on what is big and what is small.