During the UNGA in 2018, 16 States expressed concerns over armed drones in their statements, comparing with 7 States in 2017. This demonstrates a growing interest from States in addressing the challenges around armed drones use. Beyond the condemnation of current unacceptable practices, an international policy response is needed that addresses the role of drones in the use of force....

The Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the EU (COMECE) has published a new reflection paper calling  upon states to take action on armed drones. The publication, titled "Technology at the Service of Peace", examines the development, use, and export of armed drones as well as the development of fully autonomous weapons, also known as  killerrobots. EFAD members were also...

How have armed drones changed warfare? What are the legal, ethical, and strategic implications of armed drones usage? These questions will be discussed during a conference 'Armed drones and the new form of warfare', held tomorrow June 13th from 14:30-18:30 in Hotel Nazionale, Rome. The conference is organized by the Italian Network for Disarmament (Rete Disarmo), Amnesty International, and the International...

The shape of the EU's foreign, security and defence policies are changing. European defence investments are increasing against the backdrop of instability at Europe's borders and a previously reliable ally that is turning inwards. These broad developments are at the centre of a conference PAX and Chatham House are organizing entitled: ‘European Perspectives on Remote Warfare’ in Brussels, on 15th...

The use of armed drones never takes place in a vacuum. Drones are used in concert with special forces, private military corporations, local armed groups, the transfer of arms, the sharing of intelligence, and other forms of security assistance. Much like the use of armed drones, these activities are ways for states to get involved in conflicts without putting many...

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Early December 2018, the UK-based think-tank RUSI released a new paper on the proliferation of armed drones in the Middle East. The launch event of the paper, titled “Armed Drones in the Middle East Proliferation and Norms in the Region” took place at Whitehall in London, and was well attended by a range of policymakers, journalists, and civil society experts....