Drones News

New Book on the Secret History of the Predator Drone

Sep 16, 2014
Amazon.com has named Wilson Center Global Fellow Richard Whittle’s new book Predator: The Secret Origins of the Drone Revolution one of September’s fifteen best new history books.

Bad as Baghdadi? Pakistan’s Most Dangerous Man

Sep 08, 2014
"If there is one militant organization capable of approaching the sheer savagery of Islamic State—and of approaching the extent to which social media is used to showcase such savagery—it is the Pakistani Taliban," writes Michael Kugelman.

Four Pakistani Conspiracy Theories That Are Less Fictitious Than You'd Think

Mar 26, 2014
There’s another reason for the popularity of Pakistani conspiracy theories: many contain kernels of truth, writes Michael Kugelman.

Calm Before the Storm

Aug 01, 2013
Does Kerry's trip to Pakistan herald a new era of warm relations for the two reluctant allies? Don't bet on it. The relationship between the United States and Pakistan may be in better shape than it was several years ago, but it remains troubled -- and could easily plunge back into crisis, writes Michael Kugelman.
Homeland Security Officers

The Other War on Terror

May 30, 2013
"Security and liberty are not a zero-sum game. We either get more or less of both....Curtailing tactics that inflame alienated populations, while enhancing techniques that help us find those among us who are radicalized, gives us far better odds of reducing risk," argues Jane Harman.

The Extrajudicial Use of Drones: The Need for a Post-9/11 Legal Framework

Apr 02, 2013
Jane Harman describes a possible legal framework for the use of drones in the Holt Lecture at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Remote-Control Warfare Requires Rules

Mar 21, 2013
While the means of combating terrorist threats may have changed, the end for preserving international security remains the same. We need strategies, not just tactics — and a necessary part of that equation is creating a durable legal structure for remote-control warfare that will secure buy-in from a global audience, writes Jane Harman in this op-ed.

Harman: Drone Courts Can Work

Feb 20, 2013
In this opinion piece, Wilson Center President Jane Harman argues that a FISA-like process for governing so-called "remote-control warfare" --the use of drone strikes and offensive cyberattacks--would protect individual liberties enshrined in the Constitution while confronting a supercharged threat environment.

Pakistan Scholar Simbal Khan Weighs in on U.S.-Pakistan Relationship

Dec 19, 2012
The Wilson Center's Pakistan Scholar offers insights about the U.S.-Pakistan relationship as President Obama prepares for his second term.

Middle East in 2013: Promise and (Lots of) Peril

Dec 18, 2012
The Middle East faces even bigger challenges in 2013 than it did during the first two years of the so-called Arab Spring. So far—a pivotal caveat—the Arab uprisings have deepened the political divide, worsened economic woes and produced greater insecurity. Solutions are not imminent either.

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