Whether for their military (kill), surveillance (watch), or humanitarian (aid) capability, drones have begun to make a mark on the world of international affairs. As interest in the use of unmanned systems grows, so too does the need to scrutinize our assumptions and probe the limitations of knowledge about them. Drone Week provides that space.
Use the menu below to navigate expert analysis over the course of the week, and join us on twitter to debate the implications of a robotic present and future – a world filled with Predators, Switchblades, Herons, and KingFish, and the swarm of strategic, ethical, and legal questions that come in their wake
KILL WATCH AID
The Council on Foreign Relations fellow on how drones are a different kind of weapon, and one that is quickly proliferating.
Why Drones Win
Amitai Etzioni on why, in terms of morality and efficiency, drones win hands down.
Denis Stairs on why the proliferation of military drones could be both a stabilizing and destabilizing force.
The Slow Death of the ‘Non-Combatant’
Jennifer Welsh on how targeting processes for drone strikes challenges how we traditionally distinguish non-combatants in war.
Separating the Drones from the Pilots
It's not drone technology that is the problem, says Derek Gregory, it's how it's being used by the military.
Gregory Johnsen on Yemen, the U.S., and Drones
OpenCanada's interview with the author of the book The Last Refuge: Yemen, al-Qaeda, and America’s War in Arabia.
The Robotics Revolution
Peter W. Singer
The Brookings senior fellow on the broader implications of the use of drones for surveillance and war.
Drones For Good
Matthew Schroyer on why so many people get drones wrong – they're not all heartless, pilotless killing machines.
Letting Drones Reach their Potential
Ryan Calo on why the potential uses of drones for good are endless and should be protected from citizen backlash.
Drone Knowns and Unknowns
Joshua Foust on why the discussion around drone strikes is muddled and vague at best.
Are Drones Right for Canada?
Major-General Fraser Holman (Retired) on how Canada might best make use of UAV technology.
The View From the Ground
Renee Filiatrault on what it means to have an eye in the sky for the boots on the ground.
The Case for Humanitarian Drones
Jack C. Chow
The former U.S. ambassador on HIV/AIDS and global health on how drones can bolster peace operations and humanitarian relief efforts.
The Case Against Humanitarian Drones
Nathaniel A. Raymond, Brittany Card, and Ziad Al Achkar on why drones should not be deployed in humanitarian operations.
Debating Humanitarian Drones
Jack C. Chow and Nathaniel A. Raymond debate the merits of using drones for humanitarian missions. December 17 at 12:00 pm est.
Drones For Human Rights
Christopher Tuckwood on why UAVs should be added to the human rights tool box.
Drones in the Field
From kamikaze killers to stealth stalkers, OpenCanada runs through the ways drones are being used in the field today.