By DIAS Assistant Professor James Rogers
The use of drones is widespread. Once the sole province of the state, they are now utilised by an increasing circle of sub-state groups. Weaponised drones, in their various forms, have spread to over sixteen state actors and multiple terrorist and criminal organisations. The use of a weaponised drone is now open to anyone who can turn an off the shelf quadcopter into an airborne improvised explosive device (IED).This talk by James Rogers explores the novel, and somewhat disturbing, ways in which weaponised drones are being used against civilians, humanitarian workers, and military personal by terroristic actors. The argument is that these new drone actors are effective, and should be seen as a serious threat to mission effectiveness.
James Rogers is DIAS Assistant Professor at Center for War Studies, Department of Political Science and Public Management at University of Southern Denmark.
He is currently a visiting fellow at Yale and has previously been a fellow of the Rothermere American Institute, University of Oxford and Associate Lecturer in International Politics at the University of York.
His research focuses on drone warfare, contemporary security policy, and the history of warfare. His work has appeared in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, International Journal of Human Rights, International Peacekeeping, and Asian Policy and Politics. James also provides analysis and current affairs commentary for the media. He has previously contributed to Rolling Stone Magazine, the BBC, the Guardian, Gizmodo, History Today, E&T, and ABC.
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