First Advisor

Schmidt, Terry

Second Advisor

DiSanto, Ronald


Regis College

Degree Name



Regis College Senior Honors Program

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Number of Pages

73 pages


Since he first came to Regis University in 2010, Stuart Jenkins has been driven by the question, "what is the right thing to do?" His desire to extend this inquiry into the subject of war inspired him to understand and evaluate the ethical issues at stake in the national debate about the use of drone. This Senior Honors Thesis explores the relationship between the principles of Just War Theory and the use of drones. It asks, what are the core principles of Just War Theory, and how have they developed over time; and, how does the Just War tradition address the issue of terrorism? It also analyzes the dynamic relationship between Just War Theory and the use of drones, and considers the challenges of applying a set of theoretical standards to the complex and difficult problem posed by counterterrorism, raising various additional questions. These questions include what are the strategic and tactical advantages of drones that inform our moral approach to drone strikes; how does the Obama administration justify the use of drones as an instrument of counterterrorism; and, what are the ethical issues that remain unresolved that are relevant to the evolution to the Just War tradition?

Date of Award

Summer 2014

Location (Creation)

Colorado (state); Denver (county); Denver (inhabited place)

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