James Rogers: The “Second Drone Age” Requires a New International Accord

“The world has entered a second drone age, in which new “Drone Powers” use remotely operated military technologies as the spearhead of state power, at the cost of thousands of lives.”

James Rogers and Agnes Callamard

In the recent article “We need a new international accord to control drone proliferation”, published in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, James Rogers and Agnes Callamard argue that the world has now entered a “second drone age” with uncontrolled proliferation of armed drones that requires a new international accord. A least 102 nations have acquired military drones, and around 57 non-state actors have used drones in combat. This drone proliferation, it is argued, has started to have a marked impact on international security.

Agnes Callamard is the UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary, or Arbitrary Executions and has recently published the report “Use of armed drones for targeted killings” for the Human Rights Council Forty-fourth session.

James Rogers is DIAS Fellow and Assistant Professor in War Studies, within the Center for War Studies, at the University of Southern Denmark. He is also Special Adviser to the UK Parliament’s All-Party Parliamentary Group on Drones and NATO Country Director of the Vulnerabilities of the Drone Age project.