Drone Proliferation: What We Have to Fear

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The Hill

Serious questions about drone proliferation and the United States' role must be answered," writes Sarah Kreps. She discusses a recent report coauthored with Micah Zenko, including the threat and consequences of proliferation, and policies the Obama administration should implement to regulate the export and use of armed drones.

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Council Special Report No. 69

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In this Council Special Report, Senior Fellow Micah Zenko and Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow Sarah Kreps argue that it is essential to begin working now to expand and establish rules and norms governing armed drones. By doing so, they predict, the United States will create standards of behavior that other countries will be more likely to follow.

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Drone Proliferation: Three Things to Know

The United States should take a leading role in shaping international norms for the use of armed drones, explains CFR's Sarah Kreps.

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Armed drones are starting to rule the skies, but the United States' monopoly over their use is fading. The Obama administration should nurture a regime to limit drone proliferation, similar to efforts to control nuclear weapons and missiles, write Sarah Kreps and Micah Zenko.

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The Drone Invasion Has Been Greatly Exaggerated

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ForeignPolicy.com

It is a common misperception that drones are proliferating widely throughout the world, when in reality, this is an over exaggerated and misleading assumption. Micah Zenko and Sarah Kreps argue that this "apparent runaway train of drone proliferation (and its misreported uses) is actually stymieing efforts to promote or influence responsible armed-drone exports and their uses."

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Article

Political Parties at War: A Study of American War Finance, 1789–2010

Authors: Sarah Kreps and Gustavo A. Flores-Macias

Vol. 107, No. 4 November 2013The American Political Science Review

Sarah Kreps and Gustavo Flores-Macias study the history of war finance in the United States and show that politics does not stop at the water's edge and that instead, partisan politics is a key determinant for whether the United States has financed wars through taxes or alternatives such as borrowing.

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Op-Ed

Ground the Drones?

Author: Sarah Kreps

December 4, 2013Foreign Affairs

Sarah Kreps engages recent debates about whether to ban drones or targeted killings and argues that both sides of the debate miss important links between the technology and the policy: that the domestic politics and operational advantages of drones have made what would be an unviable policy—fairly frequent targeted killings—more viable.

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Article

See No Evil: Drones and Public Opinion

Authors: Sarah Kreps and John Kaag

October 4, 2013Journal of Ethics and International Affairs

Sarah Kreps and John Kaag argue that the use of drones in armed combat raises important ethical questions that the American public has chosen to ignore.

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Article

The Foreign Policy Consequences of Trade: China’s Commercial Relations with Africa and Latin America, 1992--2006

Authors: Sarah Kreps and Gustavo A. Flores-Macias

Vol. 75, No. 2, April 2013Journal of Politics

No strings attached? Even if not part of a purposeful plan on the part of China, its growing trade ties with countries in Africa and Latin America has important foreign policy consequences, according to Sarah Kreps and Gustavo A. Flores-Macias. The article shows that in the last two decades, the more these countries have traded with China, the more likely they were to align with it in international forums such as the UN.

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