08 April 2024, 16:00 - 17:00
Blavatnik School of Government and online
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As countries prepare to deploy lethal autonomous weapon systems at scale, artificial intelligence is being integrated into drone operations and to support human decision-making in conflicts around the world.

From Gaza to Ukraine, the military applications of AI are fundamentally reshaping the dynamics and ethics of war. What are the implications of AI use on the battlefield? How should policymakers navigate AI’s inherent trade-offs, and what legal and moral safeguards are needed to protect civilians from harm?

Join our expert panel, moderated by Professor Janina Dill, Dame Louise Richardson Chair in Global Security at the Blavatnik School of Government. This event is co-hosted by the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict and the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs.

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Speaker Biographies

Joel H. Rosenthal is president of Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. He is also editor-in-chief of Ethics & International Affairs journal published by Cambridge University Press. Rosenthal writes and speaks frequently on issues of ethics and public life. His most recent work can be found at The President’s Desk.

Ciaran Martin, Professor of Practice in the Management of Public Organisations at the Blavatnik School of Government, had a 23-year career in the UK civil service prior to joining the School, including as founding Chief Executive of the National Cyber Security Centre, Constitution Director in the Cabinet Office (2011–2014), Director of Security and Intelligence at the Cabinet Office (2008–2011), and Principal Private Secretary to the Head of the Civil Service (2002–2008).

Tom Simpson, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School and Senior Research Fellow at Wadham College. He co-directs the Master of Public Policy and directs the Military Leadership and Judgment Programme at the School. His research focuses on trust; the nature of freedom; and issues around technology and security, such as the ethics of autonomous weapons, cyber-attacks. He is the author of Trust: A Philosophical Study (OUP, 2023).

Brianna Rosen, Strategy and Policy Fellow at the Blavatnik School, was formerly a US civil servant with a decade of experience on national security and foreign policy issues, including counterterrorism, cybersecurity, and the Middle East. During the Obama administration, she was assigned to the White House National Security Council and Office of the Vice President. She is also a Senior Fellow at Just Security.