The Lure of Novelty: “Targeted Killing” and Its Older Terminological Siblings

  title={The Lure of Novelty: “Targeted Killing” and Its Older Terminological Siblings},
  author={Elisa B. Schweiger},
  journal={International Political Sociology},
  • Elisa B. Schweiger
  • Published 1 September 2019
  • Political Science
  • International Political Sociology
The concept “targeted killing” has been increasingly adopted in scholarship, policy, and media discourses, particularly in the context of US armed drone attacks. While “targeted killing” is often understood as something new, there are strong historical continuities with more traditional concepts such as “assassination” and “extra-judicial execution,” as well as with the colonial concept “police bombing.” This paper builds on an analysis of over nine hundred Security Council debates, Human… 

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