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The Future of U.S. Drone Policy

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The use of drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles, continues to be a controversial issue at home and abroad. Although the drone program has had successes - the targeted killings of operatives of Al Qaeda and affiliated groups, for example - the program has sparked a debate centering on the ethical, legal, economic and strategic implications of the use of drones. What constitutes an 'imminent threat' requiring strikes - and who decides? Will we see drone deployment on domestic soil in the near future? What are the finite boundaries under which it is lawful to deploy lethal force by drone? Can we develop a stricter set of procedures to govern drone strikes that would both increase accountability and set limits on the program's operations? Rachel Stohl, who led a year-long task force on U.S. Drone Policy, co-chaired by former commander of U.S. Central Command Gen. John P. Abizaid and Rosa Brooks, Professor of Law at Georgetown University, discusses a strong new set of recommendations presented in June to the Obama administration on the road ahead for U.S. drone policy.

$10 general, $5 World Affairs Council members. Registration required.