The Forum on the Arms Trade is a network of civil society experts and a point of contact for strengthening public efforts to address the humanitarian, economic and other implications of arms transfers, security assistance, and weapons use. Managed from Washington DC, the Forum provides a venue for bringing its community's wide-ranging expertise together to amplify and strengthen its work, while also offering government and media members a one-stop resource for the latest information, analysis, and best contacts. Forum-listed experts are located around the world and work on diverse topics including human rights, development, arms control, humanitarian disarmament, cybersecurity, arms and the environment, anti-corruption, and related fields.
William Hartung, "US pressure on Saudis can help promote peace in Yemen," The Hill, April 20.
Robert Perkins, "Two Years of War in Yemen: Two Years of Suffering, Two Years of Continued Arm Sales," Control Arms Blog, April 20.
Robert Muggah +, "The Trouble with Brazil's Expanding Arms Trade'', Defense One, April 18.
Jeremy Ravinsky (emerging expert), "Child Soldiers," New York Times, April 17.
Rachel Stohl, "Trump Drone Policy Taking Shape," Cipher Brief, April 9.
Jeff Abramson, "U.S. Eyes Resuming Arms Sales," Arms Control Today, April 2017.
Danielle Preskitt (emerging expert) with Jeff Abramson, "Cluster Munitions Used in Syria, Yemen," Arms Control Today, April 2017.
Iain Overton (editor), "The Refugee Explosion," Action on Armed Violence, April 2.
Robert Muggah +, "Opinion: Brazil has a murder and gun problem. Here's why both could get worse," USA Today (PRI.org), March 30.
Nils Duquet, "EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament E-Learning Course," EU Non-Proliferation Consortium E-Learning, March.
Mark Bromley, "ATT- related activities in Latin America and the Caribbean: identifying gaps and improving coordination ," SIPRI, Feb.
Robert Muggah, "Latin America's Murder Epidemic," Foreign Affairs, March 22.
Matthew Bolton, "How to Use the Arms Trade Treaty to Address Armed Violence in Pastoralist Communities," Control Arms and Pace University, March.
William Hartung, "Want to Make Budget Cuts? Start Here," New York Times, March 17.
Christina Arabia (emerging expert), "State Department Proposed Firearms Sales Surpass $600 Million," Security Assistance Monitor, March 10.
Kate Kizer, "Hitting Iran Where It Doesn't Hurt: Why U.S. Intervention in Yemen Will Backfire", Just Security, March 8.
Jeff Abramson, "U.S. Leads Rising Global Arms Trade," Arms Control Today, March 2017.
Sarah Kinosian, "We're sending guns, crime to Mexico," Los Angeles Times, March 2.
Colby Goodman, "Commerce Department Boosts Arms Sales Deliveries to Record High," Lobelog, March 1.
Jeff Abramson, "On travel bans: Instead of refugees going out, looking at weapons coming in," The Hill-Congress Blog. February 24.
Wim Zwijnenburg, "The Mosul Operation: An Interim Open-source Assessment of Conflict-related Environmental Damage", bellingcat, February 21.
Aude Fleurant (and team), "Trends in international arms transfers, 2016," SIPRI Fact Sheet, February 20.
Kate Kizer, "America's Role in Yemen 2017 and Beyond", The Yemen Peace Project, February.
Heather Roff, "What Do People Around the World Think About Killer Robots?," Slate, February 7.
Rachel Stohl, "Trumps Opportunity to Support Transparency, Accountability on the Conventional Arms Trade," Stimson, February 6.
Jeff Abramson, "Proposed U.S. Arms Export Agreements from January 1, 2016 to December 1, 2016," Arms Control Association factsheet. February 1.
Nicholas Marsh (+), "Illicit Small Arms Prices: Introducing Two New Datasets" SADO and NISAT-PRIO, January 17.
Lora Lumpe (+), "In the fight against human trafficking, child solders get ignored," The Hill-Congress Blog, January 13.
Jeff Abramson, "Obama Acts on Arms Exports," Arms Control Today, January/February 2017.
Jeff Abramson, "Mine Ban Treaty Challenges, Successes Continue," Arms Control Today, January/February 2017.
Jeff Abramson, "Talks to Explore 'Killer Robots' Ban," Arms Control Today, January/February 2017.
William Hartung, "U.S. Arms Transfers to UAE and Mideast Security," Center for International Policy, January 11.
William Hartung, "Ten Questions for General Mattis," National Interest, January 10.
Iain Overton, "Will 2017 see more suicide bombings? Sadly, probably yes," Guardian, January 4.
Visit the archive of past publications featuring Forum on the Arms Trade-listed experts.
New notifications for Canada - $195 for sustaining C-17s; Iraq - April 18: $295.6m for outfitting Peshmerga with rifles, machine guns, multi-purpose vehicles, + more for artillery and infantry; April 11: $1.06 billion for pilot training on C-172, C-208, and T-6 aircraft.
New Blog Series
Experts will reflect on the first 100 days of the new U.S. presidential administration in a new blog series, starting April 24.
Aaron Mehta recognized for exemplary reporting
See the press release: here.
Resource - Expert Opinion: F-16s to Bahrain
Resource - Potential PGM Sale to Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia and Yemen
US notifies Congress of potential sales of aerostats, valued at $525 million (January 23). See page.
Forum experts comment on proposed U.S. sale of tanks to Saudi Arabia (updated September 21). See page.
Looking Ahead 2017
Examining issues related to the arms trade and security assistance in 2017, at times providing recommendations.
January 10 - The "business as usual" approach to arms sales? That's so last year by Allison Pytlak
January 9 - A pivotal year ahead on killer robots by Erin Hunt
December 21 - Looking Outside the State-Centered Box: Tools for Change in 2017 by Jeff Abramson
December 19 - Court Action to Implement the Arms Trade Treaty by Roy Isbister
December 16 - Anticipating Trump Administration Arms Sales to the Middle East? by William Hartung
December 15 - Suicide Bombings in 2017: What to Expect? by Iain Overton
December 14 - Saving White Rhinos while Protecting Human Rights: The Value of the Arms Trade Treaty for Global Anti-Poaching Efforts by Matthew Bolton
December 13 - Drone Proliferation in 2017: Trends to Watch by Dan Gettinger