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Yes, Iran shot down a U.S. drone. Here’s why you (still) don’t need to worry.

By: Sarah Kreps,  in The Washington Post
June 20, 2019

Sarah Kreps, professor of government and adjunct professor of law, joins colleagues Michael C. Horowitz and Matthew Fuhrman in this Washington Post opinion piece to share information with readers about drones and the potential for military escalation, in light of this week's downing of a U.S. drone by Iran.

They write that drones are easy to shoot down and that drone attacks like this one don't often lead to escalation.

"One of the reasons countries use drones is to deploy military assets while reducing the risk to their own soldiers and limiting the prospects of escalation," they write. "Shooting down a drone does not generate the same level of public outrage as shooting down a pilot, so it generally does not galvanize the domestic case for war."

Horowitz is professor of political science and the associate director of Perry World House at the University of Pennsylvania and Fuhrmann is professor of political science at Texas A&M University.

Read the entire Washington Post piece.