International Drones Summit Program Details

DRONE SUMMIT: November 16-17

Saturday Schedule, Nov 16

Hart Auditorium, Georgetown University Law Center

8:00 am – 6:30 pm


8:00 am: Registration


9 am-10am : CODEPINK welcome (Medea Benjamin and Noor Mir) and address by Dr. Cornel West


10-11am: Legal Challenges to Drone Strikes (law professor Mary Ellen O’Connell, legal expert Marjorie Cohn (moderator), Center for Constitutional Rights attorney Pardiss Kebriaei)


11:05-12:45 pm: Drone Proliferation Across the Globe (German filmmaker Elsa Rassbach, Israeli researcher Dalit Baum, scientist Noel Sharkey, Wade McMullen from R.F. Kennedy Center, UK-NATO expert Chris Cole (also moderator)


12:45 – 1:45: Lunch, concurrent film screening of Wounds of Waziristan, by Pakistani filmmaker Madiha Tahir (starting at 1:10 pm)


1:45 pm-3:30pm View from Yemen (Baraa Shaiban of REPRIEVE, Ahmed Arman from Yemeni NGO HOOD, Faisal bin Ali Jaber a relative of drone victims in Yemen, Entesar al Qadhi a prominent female Yemeni politician, moderated by CODEPINK cofounder Medea Benjamin)


3:45 pm – 4:45 pm : The Domestic State of Drones (Amie Stepanovich of Electronic Privacy Information Center, professor Joe Nevins, author David Swanson, artist Essam, moderated by RT anchor Abby Martin)


5:00 – 6:00 pm: Two views of the Drone War (former intel analyst Daniel Hale, Afghan educator Fahima Vorgetts, Colonel Mo Davis, Samira Sayed-Rahman of Afghans for Peace, moderated by Colonel Ann Wright)


6:00-6:30: Closing remarks

8:00-10:00: Dinner at Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St NW DC and movie screening


Screening of new film Drones, a gripping drama about life on the other side of the drone– its pilots. Come see an exclusive preview of Hollywood’s version of drone wars. The story follows two Air Force pilots operating a drone from a trailer in Nevada with a mission to surveil a remote compound in the rugged Afghan mountains in hopes of identifying and assassinating an unarmed terrorist suspect believed to be a high-ranking official of Al-Qaeda. Dinner and drinks will available for your purchase at the restaurant.

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