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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





Lethal Drones

Micah Zenko

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.


Drone Proliferation

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.

  • Musbas Balolane

    The use of drones is an international economic and political controversies.

    The Democratic Republic of Congo, an example

    Regarding violations of human rights caused by the illegal trafficking of natural resources in eastern DRC, Human Rights Watch protested against the election of Rwanda to the Security Council of the UN as member not permanent.

    A final report prepared by an independent group of experts from the United Nations claiming that Rwanda supports the rebellion of M23 was presented to the Sanctions Committee of the Security Council of the UN. Despite the confirmation of these allegations by NGOs such as Human Rights Watch and International Crisis Group, and condemnation by the international community for its involvement in the conflict, Rwanda has denied the allegations contained in the report, indicating that was established on the basis of rumors and gills say.

    Rwanda is the first demonstration of the difficulties expected in the case of the DRC, while sitting on the Security Council over the next two years.
    Some members of the international community have protested against the choice to give international honor a country that violates international standards.

    Trying to find a solution to this problem, the United Nations proposed the use of drones to protect the border in east of the DRC, France, the United States, the United Kingdom (diplomats to UN) are favorable to the use of unmanned surveillance aircraft.

    Rwanda has rejected the UN proposal, which found that the consignment is premature: “It is not wise to use a machine that we do not have enough information,” said Olivier NDUHUNGIREHE, Ambassador of Rwanda to the United Nations. “Africa will not become a laboratory for spy gear abroad,” he added.

    In the DRC,the population of the doubt in this government sending drones accused of treason and cheating during the elections of November 2011.

    Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary-General is expected to present in the coming weeks the recommendations on how to improve MONUSCO, whose reputation has been severely compromised by the capture of the city of Goma rebels M23 last November, under the helpless gaze of peacekeepers from the UN.

    The issue of protection against the plundering of natural resources of the DRC’s hard to wait at the international level or whenever it appears, it is blocked.

    The DRC should be handed over to its true people

    Musbas Balolane analyst

  • Musbas Balolane

    UAVs can be used as a means of stability because of its high technology, but they can not change human stupidity.
    What impresses is the technology of the machine that lead to instability caused by economic injustice.
    The main concern should be given to human protection of human beings and the environment are always problematic malgres the technology.