Drones

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 07:50
The United States should continue using drone strikes to kill Americans abroad who pose a terrorist threat, argues the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.
Friday, June 27, 2014 - 08:15
Targeted drone strikes, a centerpiece of the Obama administration’s counterterrorism policy, represent a “slippery slope” toward a state of never-ending war, according to a new report issued by a bipartisan panel of former intelligence and defense officials.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 06:22
The Obama administration on Monday reluctantly released its justification for killing an American citizen, but the rationale provides little confidence that the lethal action was taken with real care.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 06:00

Last week was the Center for a New American Security’s (CNAS) Eighth Annual National Security Conference. The panel discussions and keynote speakers’ focused on national security and foreign policy themes that resemble what have been discussed for years:

Monday, June 9, 2014 - 10:31
Research suggests that by sidestepping how drones affect non-combatants, polls have contributed to the prevailing view that drone strikes enjoy high levels of support. Polls thereby perpetuate the status quo on the U.S. drone policy insofar as they establish a set of political incentives for decision makers: Directly as a barometer through which leaders gauge the national mood and indirectly as polls enter into the political discourse as a media story.
Friday, May 30, 2014 - 12:03

Kazakhstan is moving to upgrade its military arsenal, while the United States has offered a million dollars for any information on Kamchybek Kolbayev’s criminal network.

Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 08:35
Rhetoric aside, though, the Obama administration has largely refused to supply U.N. experts with details about the classified U.S. drone program, which has killed hundreds of suspected militants in Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen, and other countries over the past decade.
Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 10:09
The UN special investigator on counterterrorism has expressed his concern over civilian deaths from drone strikes in Yemen and Afghanistan, but says there has been a "significant de-escalation" in civilian casualties recorded in Pakistan.
Friday, February 21, 2014 - 11:21

The United States is searching for possible sites for drone bases in Central Asia, the Los Angeles Times reported, while a Central Asia analyst recently released a report stating U.S. military training may pose a threat to regional security. Below is a roundup of these stories and some of the other top articles and news highlights from around Central Eurasia over the last week:

Top hits from Central Asia and the South Caucasus:

Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 01:50

The United States is making contingency plans to place an armed drone base in Central Asia in the case that the government of Afghanistan doesn't allow the U.S. military to stay in the country past 2014, the Los Angeles Times (LAT) has reported. The U.S. wants to maintain the ability to carry out attacks against militants in Pakistan, and if it is forced to vacate Afghanistan, the next best option may be Central Asia.

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