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ISS Today

The Gathering in Cape Town Nov 25th

01/02/22 By Karen Allen

Finally after making a noise about the issue of UAS/drones being used by armed groups in Africa, as we have seen in other settings such as Iraq/Syria, the issue seems to be gaining some traction. UN-CTED the Security Council’s Counter Terrorism Committee has hosted a number of excellent workshops on this issue and now the East African regional grouping IGAD is stepping up training for those confronting violent non state actors’ use of drones. UAS’s are by and large a positive transformative technology, but without acknowledging and acting on the potential threats and misuses we will struggle to harness the benefits. For a bit of background this may be of interest :