The Politics of Advocacy: Setting and Vetting the Global Agenda

Campaign to Stop Killer Robots rally in London, April 23, 2013 (Photo by Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license).
Campaign to Stop Killer Robots rally in London, April 23, 2013 (Photo by Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license).
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In April 2013, outside the steps of Parliament in London, a group of nongovernmental organizations launched a new campaign to ban the use of fully autonomous weapons. Political entrepreneurs calling themselves the International Committee for Robot Arms Control had been raising concern over this issue since 2004, but their calls for a killer robot ban had been virtually ignored by the advocacy community. Things changed dramatically in 2012 when the well-known NGO Human Rights Watch published a report calling for such a ban. Within a month, nine well-known human security organizations had joined the steering committee for a new campaign. […]

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