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.
In this Council Special Report, Douglas Dillon 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.
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.
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."
Authors: Sarah Kreps and Gustavo A. Flores-Macias The 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.
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.
Authors: Sarah Kreps and Gustavo A. Flores-Macias Journal 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.
Sarah E. Kreps is an assistant professor in the department of government at Cornell University and an adjunct professor at Cornell Law School. She is the author of Coalitions of Convenience: United States Military Interventions after the Cold War (Oxford University Press, 2011).
She received her BA from Harvard University, her MSc from Oxford University, and her PhD from Georgetown University. Before going to graduate school, Dr. Kreps served as an acquisitions and foreign area officer in the United States Air Force.