Explainer: The use of military drones in Europe

Short animation explaining the issues around the growing use of drones and what should be done to address them.

Since the first drone strike outside an armed conflict happened in Afghanistan in 2001,
much of drone use has been subject to continuous controversies.

The use of armed drones can blur legal justifications for using force, and transfer the costs of conflict to civilians. Without transparency, there can be no accountability when something goes wrong.

Because there is not enough information publicly available on armed drones, criticism abounds, but European nations can play a crucial role in shaping the norms on drone use.

Read a Chatham House report with specific policy recommendations:

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