This book is the result of several years’ work and a great many people and places have helped shape it. The project began during my doctoral studies at the Department of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where I was embedded in an intellectually rich and challenging environment. Many lively discussions, on campus and off, have influenced my thoughts on ethics, violence, and technology.
I am extremely fortunate to have had an exceptional supervisor whose ability as an intellectual guide, an outstanding scholar and a compassionate human being was instrumental to this book, so I want to begin by sincerely thanking Kimberly Hutchings for her unwavering guidance and mentorship. I am thankful also to Chris Brown, Patrick Hayden and Mervyn Frost, who have each provided great support and encouragement at different stages of the project.
For spirited debate, the honing of ideas and of course friendship, I am thankful to Mikey Bloomfield, Diego de Merich, Myriam Fotou, Kathryn Fisher, Joe Hoover, Marta Iñiguez de Heredia, Mark Kersten, Paul Kirby, Sebastian Lexer, Meera Sabaratnam, Laust Schouenborg and Nick Srnicek. I would also like to thank Andrew Futter and my other colleagues and friends at University of Leicester's HyPIR for providing such an encouraging and enabling environment in which to complete this work.
And then there are my colleagues, fellow travellers, and co-conspirators further afield. There is no way the book would be what it is today were it not for stimulating interlocutors at various workshops and conferences, many of whom inspired a thought or two that you might find in this book, specifically Wim Zwijnenburg, Peter Asaro, Heather Roff, John Emery and Caroline Holmqvist. I also would like to thank the editors at Manchester University Press, particularly John Banks for his meticulous copy-editing work, and the reviewers of the manuscript for their helpful comments.
I have also been fortunate enough to count on an astonishing support network closer to home. Specifically, I would like to thank all of the Sammans for their extraordinary generosity and magnificent writing retreat. My deepest gratitude is owed to my wonderful family for their unconditional support and inexhaustible optimism, and to Amin Samman, who, with his unfailing encouragement, his keen intellect and sharp eye, has been nothing short of spectacular.