I am a lecturer at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London. My recent PhD thesis (2012) examined the utility of targeted killings for containing non-state actors at the fringes of the state system. As well as examining the current American drone strikes, it examines the problems arising from the legitimation of extraterritorial force against civilians in international law as well as in American politics, law and culture. Working with The Centre for Defence Studies, King’s College London I part-authored a major review of the utilisation of the UK’s Defence Estate, led by Dr Robert Dover from Loughborough University. As well as teaching on guerrilla warfare and dirty wars, I lecture occasionally on the BA War Studies module The Experience of War on the subjects of War and Literature and War and the Media, the latter being informed by 5 years experience working for News International. In the coming academic year I am starting work on a research project on technology, innovation and challenges to international humanitarian law.
In my spare time, I am a writer and have just finished my second manuscript. I also write non-fiction on international relations and security studies topics aligned with my thesis.
Asides from my research thesis, I have strong research interests in the relationship between war and culture, as well as the commemoration of war and its social memory.
Outside of professional life, I train in brazilian jiu jitsu and judo, as well as trying to read as many books as I can.
Please feel free to contact me: jack AT jackmcdonald DOT org