Despite the ethical, legal, and strategic issues surrounding the use of drones, the Trump administrations has weakened relevant principles, guidelines, and policies. The result is less transparency and accountability for the drone program, as well as an increase in the frequency and geographical spread of US drone strikes. In this report, the Stimson Centre puts forward 18 recommendations to the...

Norwegian engagement on armed drones has been marked by vigorous debate in the past few years, in particular through the release of the documentary Drone in 2014 by Norwegian filmmaker Tonje Hesse Schei, featuring the drone whistle-blower Brandon Bryant. However, successive governments have been quiet on this topic, resulting in a lull in the public and political debate....

News from Drone Wars UK, Rete Disarmo, Stimson Centre, and the European Parliament as well as updates on Poland, Greece and Denmark....

On the 24th of May, the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres presented his initiative “Securing Our Common Future: an Agenda for Disarmament”. In his speech in Geneva, Guterres discussed the work to improve protection of civilians in armed conflict through new partnerships, and by building legal and policy initiatives. Prior to the presentation, numerous meetings were held with civil society organisations....

In our monthly press review, we translate, analyze and summarize news from various European publications on the issues of drones. April 2019 saw nearly 40 publications with different perspectives. From the prospect of a European drone fleet, to drones for good, to questions that still need to be answered, to a boycot of autonomy for military applications. ...

With the Trump administration announcing a new export policy on armed drones that lowers the bar for the sales to countries worldwide, it is more urgent than ever for the international community to clearly agree on what the acceptable uses of these weapons technologies are in order to increase civilian protection and prevent unlawful killings....

The first full scale model of a European Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) drone was revealed during a ceremony at the 2018 ILA Berlin Air Show. According to its developers, the primary mission of the drone will be intelligence gathering, surveillance. target acquisition and reconnaissance. However, the European Defence Agency also noted that de drone will be able to carry...