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Drones and targeted killing: Defining a European position

Drones and targeted killing: Defining a European position

Sir Daniel Bethlehem QC, former Legal Advisor, UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Anthony Dworkin, Senior Policy Fellow, ECFR
Chaired by Susi Dennison, Policy Fellow, ECFR

The United States’ use of drones (or unmanned aerial vehicles) to conduct strikes against terrorist suspects in Pakistan, Yemen and elsewhere has provoked controversy around the world. Soon many other countries will have armed drones, raising fears that the use of targeted killing could become more widespread. So far, European countries have not spoken publicly about the US drone campaign – but is it time for a clearer EU stance on the subject? And could European states do more to promote new global standards on when the use of armed drones is permissible?

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