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This August, the world will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions on the Law of War.  These seminal treaties were negotiated following the horrors of the Second World War.  Their object was to lay down rules to limit the savagery of armed conflict.  Every country in the world has signed them, making the Geneva Conventions the most ratified of all treaties. 

 

But are the 75-year-old Geneva Conventions sufficient in a world where the technology portrayed in the Terminator, the Matrix and Star Wars is quickly becoming science fact.  Do we need to update the Geneva Conventions to add rules about autonomous weapons, cyber warfare, space warfare, and combating modern-day terrorists?

 

I’m Michael Scharf, Dean of Case Western Reserve University School of Law.  In this broadcast of “Talking Foreign Policy,” I’ve assembled a group of military, diplomatic and legal experts who will address these questions.  … Right after the news.