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Debating Humanitarian Drones

Jack C. Chow and Nathaniel A. Raymond debate the merits of using drones for humanitarian missions.


Jack C. Chow

Former U.S. ambassador Jack C. Chow served in pioneering roles in public service and global health diplomacy. He was the first Assistant Director-General of the World Health Organization on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. Dr. Chow held the rank of ambassador as the Special Representative of the U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell on Global HIV/AIDS and as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Health and Science, the first U.S. diplomat of ambassador rank appointed to a public health mission. In his article "The Case for Humanitarian Drones," he argued that drones could dramatically change how aid was delivered – if only we could overcome the stigma associated with them.


Nathaniel A. Raymond

Nathaniel Raymond is the Director of the Signal Program on Human Security and Technology at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. He has over a decade of experience as a human rights investigator specializing in civilian protection during complex humanitarian disasters, the treatment of prisoners in national security settings, and crimes of war. In the article he wrote with Brittany Card, and Ziad Al Achkar, "The Case Against Humanitarian Drones," he argued that drones were technically, financially, and logistically unfeasible for NGOs to adopt anytime soon.

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