In Pursuit of Global Drone Standards


During the Obama administration, armed unmanned aerial vehicles, more commonly referred to as drones, were a key component of U.S. counterterrorism strategy. After more than eight years of use in a variety of theaters – both inside and outside traditional battlefields – the United States’ use of armed drones has prompted other governments to pursue precision strike capabilities using unmanned platforms. Yet few rules govern the transfer and use of these systems. As drones proliferate, countries are considering how best to regulate drones.

In 2016, the Obama administration announced a joint declaration for the export and use of armed drones, which has served as an impetus for future discussions on the topic. The declaration has since been signed by more than 50 countries with plans to convene multilateral discussions throughout 2017. As the Trump administration enters office, many observers are questioning how these efforts will progress in the new year.

Please join the Stimson Center for a panel discussion on efforts to establish global standards for drone transfer and use. Experts will discuss the current status and future prospects of the Joint Declaration for the Export and Subsequent Use of Armed or Strike-enabled Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and will provide insight on what is needed to ensure that such an agreement is effective and successful.

WHAT: Panel discussion on efforts to establish global standards for drone transfer and use.
WHERE: Stimson Center, 1211 Connecticut Ave NW, 8th Fl, Washington D.C., 20036
WHEN: Wednesday, February 23, 2017, 2:00 P.M. – 3:30 P.M.
LIVESTREAM: A link to the live stream will be available on this page prior to the start of the event.
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