Drone Proliferation and Use in Africa: Security risks and strategic considerations - PRIO

Drone Proliferation and Use in Africa: Security risks and strategic considerations

The first activity of the project Transnational Academic Network for the Study of Armed Drones (TRANSAD)

Time: Friday, 31 August 2018 09:00-16:00
Place: PRIO, Hausmanns gate 3, Oslo

Drone Proliferation and Use in Africa: Security risks and strategic considerations
Recent years have witnessed a high number of relevant developments in the proliferation and use of drones in Africa in security and conflict contexts. Armed drones with different characteristics, from larger models to improvised gadgets, have been deployed by state and non-state actors and are influencing the way security and conflict are envisaged and practiced. In these contexts, drones are used not only as a weapon, but also as an advance recognition asset in support of more conventional warfare. At the same time, external intervention in Africa is expanding through the use of drones and other state-of-the-art warfare, while African citizens continue to be regular casualties of Western drone strikes in the continent’s territory. Yet the presence of foreign drones in Africa is happening through other means as well, including the construction of foreign drone bases and through aggressive commercial practices from foreign defence industries. Finally, some African states are joining other countries around the world in using drones in a law enforcement context. 

This workshop is the first activity of the project Transnational Academic Network for the Study of Armed Drones (TRANSAD) and provides an opportunity to discuss and generate new knowledge on the developments described above. Additionally, it will allow a broader discussion on the role of Africa in security thinking and its specificities in the context of wider contemporary security trends.

Preliminary programme

9:00 – Welcome and opening remarks

Bruno Oliveira Martins, PRIO

 

9:15 – 10:30 – Actors and Dynamics

Atta Barkindo, The Kukah Centre, Nigeria

Arthur Holland Michel, Centre for the Study of the Drone, Bard College, US

Dan Mahanty/Beatrice Godfroy, Centre for Civilians in Conflict (tbc)

Chair and discussant: Elizabeth Kallop, Open Society Foundations

 

10:45-12:00 – External intervention and Civilian Impact

Osama Mansour, Airwars, Libya/UK

Wim Zwijnenburg, European Forum on Armed Drones

Abdullahi Sheikh Abukar, Somali Human Rights Organization, Somalia (remote participation)

Chair and discussant: Morten Bøås, NUPI

 
12:00-13:00 – Lunch


13:15 – 14:30 – Regulatory Issues and the Law Enforcement Context

Kristin B. Sandvik, University of Oslo and PRIO

Simon Howell, African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum and University of Cape Town, South Africa

Discussant: Anna Andersson, Norwegian Centre for Human Rights

Chair: Jessica Dorsey, University of Amsterdam

 

14:45 – 16:00 – The Place of Africa in Security Studies and International Relations

Keynote address: Rita Abrahamsen, Ottawa University

Discussant: Bruno Oliveira Martins, PRIO

Chair: Inga Marie Nymo Riseth, PRIO