Jet Groenendijk and Isa Zoetbrood, two students from the University of Utrecht, have made a podcast in which they talk about remote warfare. In the first episode, Groenendijk and Zoetbrood discuss the Dutch MQ-9 Reapers that the Netherlands will receive in the summer of 2020. Two experts, Wim Zwijnenburg, Programme Leader Humanitarian Disarmament at PAX, and Lauren Gould, assistent professor at...

The Trump administration plans to reinterprets an arms agreement in order to sell more American military drones, three defense industry executives and a U.S. official told Reuters. The Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), signed in 1987 by the U.S. and other states, was developed to counter the proliferation of missiles for the delivery of all types of weapons of mass destruction...

In November 2019, the Dutch parliament demanded the Ministry of Defence to investigate whether four MQ-9 Reapers, which the Netherlands will receive in early 2021, should be armed. In January 2020, State Secretary for Defence Barbara Visser wrote in a letter to parliament that the armament of the Reapers is “currently not on the agenda.” However, the Ministry of Defence does...

In our monthly press review, we translate, analyze and summarize news from various European publications on the issues of drones. In April 2020 the most frequent topics discussed in drone news were the use of drones by Turkey and Iran and the development of new drones and drone systems. You can find the publication here....

The Netherlands is expected to receive four unarmed MQ-9 Reaper drones near the end of 2020, but already some parliamentarians are keen to open the debate about arming them. In November 2019, the Dutch Parliament voted in favour of a motion directing the Ministry of Defence to start investigating whether these drones should carry weapons. The motion, proposed by the...

In our monthly press review, we translate, analyze and summarize news from various European publications on the issues of drones. In March 2019 the most frequent topics discussed in drone news were on transparency, war crimes, and further proflieration. ...

In our monthly press review, we translate, analyze and summarize news from various European publications on the issues of drones. In February 2019 the most frequent topics discussed in drone news included stories the ambitions of Russia, the United Kingdom, the US, Belgium and the Netherlands....

In response to the rapid proliferation of armed drones during the last few years, Amnesty International has increasingly paid attention to this issue. Youssef Rahman is a Senior Political Affairs Officer at Amnesty International in the Netherlands. In an interview for EFAD, we asked Youssef about Amnesty's work and future prospects on the issue of armed drones....