Stimson in the News

Stimson’s Task Force on U.S. Drone Policy cited in The Hill

in Program

Should the U.S. use an expanded campaign of drone strikes in
Iraq to help push back the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS)? Among the
many issues this question raises is the practical one: Are they effective in
reducing attacks?

On the surface it would seem that they are, in that they
enable the removal of potentially high-value targets with minimal risk to our
troops. Looking a little deeper, though, reveals some problems. Many are
discussed in a recent report from the Stimson Center, which suggests that heavy
use of drone strikes “risks increasing instability and escalating

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