As EU member states rush to weaponize unmanned planes, those who monitor ‘collateral damage’ to civilian populations and abuses of international law brought about by extensive use of armed drones ask EU countries, as MEPs recently did, to set up a legal framework and to uphold human rights....

Drones continue to proliferate across the globe, and the African continent is no exception. The advantages drones offer for agricultural, medical, or humanitarian purposes have been well discussed. However, the military use of drones is promising to take off as an increasing number of states and actors in Africa acquire (armed) UAVs. This is particularly exemplified by the undergoing construction...

This report outlines the impending growth in the global market for drones. Government and commercial investments in developing drone technologies is at a high and shows no sign of abating. Of the currently 450 drone manufacturers globally, two thirds are working on military drones in the hopes of gaining a substantial slice of the projected market value of US$21 billion...

A short overview of the news this week, including updates from us, PAX and the Stimson Centre. ...