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.
Highlighting publications in which Forum-listed experts were involved. Inclusion on the Forum on the Arms Trade expert list does not indicate agreement with or endorsement of the opinions of others.
Seth Binder, "Are we making the same mistakes in Iraq?," Inkstick, Control Arms, Sept 18
Arms Trade Treaty Conference of States Parties
Ray Acheson, "Gaslighting and mansplaining at CSP3," Natalie Goldring, "It's time for deeds, not just words," and Allison Pytlak, "News in Brief," Reaching Critical Will's ATT Monitor, Vol. 10, No. 5, Sept 15
Allison Pytlak, "Out of the shadows and into reality," Frank Slijper, "Under the radar: arms transfers to the United Arab Emirates," Cesar Jaramillo, "Yemen in the time of cholera," and Ray Acheson "News in Brief," Reaching Critical Will's ATT Monitor, Vol. 10, No. 4, Sept 14
Rachel Stohl, "Synergies Between the Arms Trade Treaty and UNSCR 1540," Stimson, Sept 13
Rasha Abdul Rahim, "Time to end the civilian suffering fuelled by irresponsible arms trading," Amnesty International blog, Sept 13
Laura Spano (formerly listed expert), "Reinvigorating the Narrative: the Broader Benefits of the Arms Trade Treaty," Centre for Armed Violence Reduction, Sept 13
Rachel Stohl and Paul Holtom "Reporting in Review: Examining ATT Reporting Experiences," ATT Baseline Assessment Project, Sept 13
Ray Acheson, "Bringing the arms fair to the arms treaty," and Allison Pytlak, "News in brief," Reaching Critical Will's ATT Monitor, Vol. 10, No. 3, Sept 13
Deepayan Basu Ray and Martin Butcher "Goals Not Guns: How the Sustainable Development Goals and the Arms Trade Treaty Are Interlinked," ATT Monitor and Oxfam, Sept 12
Allison Pytlak, "A turn to substance? Yes please," and Ray Acheson, "News in Brief," Reaching Critical Will's ATT Monitor, Vol. 10, No. 2, Sept 12
Deepayan Basu Ray and Rob Perkins (editors and authors), Rachel Stohl, Nicholas Marsh, Shannon Dick (co-authors, among many others), "ATT Monitor 2017," Control Arms, Sept 11
Allison Pytlak, "Is the Arms Trade Treaty saving lives?" and Ray Acheson, "Confronting explosive violence with the Arms Trade Treaty," Reaching Critical Will's ATT Monitor, Vol. 10, No. 1, Sept 11
Frank Slijper, "Under the Radar: The United Arab Emirates, arms transfers, and regional conflict," PAX1, Sept 11
Wim Zwijnenburg, "Global Ambitions for Armed Drones," PAX Policy Paper, Sept 2017
Erin Hunt, "As UN General Assembly kicks off, all eyes on Canada's disarmament stance," OpenCanada, Sept 13.
Jeff Abramson (editor), "Cluster Munition Monitor 2017," ICBL-CMC, August 31.
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Bonnie Docherty (interviewed), "Human Rights Watch Raises Concern Over Autonomous Weapons," National Public Radio, August 26.
Roy Isbister, "Reflections on the UK High Court Decision on arms sales to Saudi Arabia," Control Arms, August 24.
Danielle Preskitt (emerging expert), "Ultimate Loss of Innocence: Child Soldier," Borgen magazine, August 24.
Wim Zwijnenburg, "Why the EU should uphold human rights in its defence policy," E!Sharp, August
Daniel Mahanty, "Why Are More Civilians Dying in US Airstrikes on ISIS?," DefenseOne, August 11.
William Hartung, "Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia: The Corporate Connection," CIPOnline, August 10.
Rachel Stohl, "Examining US Arms Sales to Qatar," Stimson Spotlight, July 20.
Cole Bockenfeld, "The Foreign Affairs Budget: Democracy, Governance, and Human Rights in the Middle East and North Africa," POMED, July 18.
Iain Overton (editor), "Understanding the regional and transnational networks that facilitate IED use," AOAV, July.
Samuel Perlo-Freeman, "UK arms to Saudi – a disappointing, but unsurprising verdict," World Peace Foundation, July 14.
Jeff Abramson, "Opponents Challenge Saudi Arms Sale," Arms Control Today, July/August 2017.
Mark Bromley, "Challenges and good practices in the implementation of the EU’s arms and dual-use export controls: A cross-sector analysis," SIPRI Concept Note, July 2017.
Rachel Stohl and Shannon Dick, "The Trump Administration Has Failed its First Test on Child Soldiers," Foreign Policy, June 30.
Colby Goodman +, "Debunking the Myths that Fuel Irresponsible U.S. Defense Policy," LobeLog, June 30.
Lisa Haugaard, "FARC Guerrillas Turn in their Weapons: An End to Fifty Years of War," Latin America Working Group, June.
Robert Muggah, "How to fix Latin America's homicide problem," The Conversation, June 28.
Alejandro Sanchez, "Latin American Navies and Antarctica," CIMSEC, June 27.
Daniel Mahanty, "The “Leahy Law” Prohibiting US Assistance to Human Rights Abusers: Pulling Back the Curtain," Just Security, June 27.
Rachel Stohl, "US Seeks to Strengthen Indian Arms Ties," Stimson Spotlight, June 26.
Daniel Mahanty, "Don't Loosen the Rules on Civilian Casualties During Drone Strikes," Defense One, June 23.
William Hartung, "Trump Is Playing Into the Hands of the Saudi Regime," The Nation, June 20.
Rachel Stohl, "As Civilian Casualties Mount in Yemen, US Senate Puts Trump Arms Sales on Notice," Stimson Center, June 14.
Danielle Preskitt (emerging expert), "Peace in Nigeria Requires a Commitment to Ground Forces," Diplomatic Courier, June 13.
Adotei Akwei +, "Congress' Chance to Oppose the The Saudi $110 Billion Dollar Arms Deal," Amnesty International USA, June 12.
Kate Kizer, "Want to Reduce Iran's and al-Qaeda's Sway in Yemen? End the War," Defense One, June 9.
Shannon Dick (emerging expert), "Evaluating the US Drone Program in a Just War Context," Georgetown Security Studies Review, June.
Jeff Abramson, "Fight Brewing on Saudi Arms Sales," Arms Control Today, June.
Nicholas Marsh, "Brothers Came Back with Weapons: The Effects of Arms Proliferation from Libya," PRISM, May.
Samuel Perlo-Freeman, "A Compendium of Arms Trade Corruption," World Peace Foundation, May.
Iain Overton (editor), "Understanding the Regional and Transnational Networks that Facilitate IED Use," Action on Armed Violence, May 30.
Samuel Perlo-Freeman, "Trump fuels Middle East flames," World Peace Foundation, May 26.
William Hartung, "There's Less Than Meets the Eye in Trump's Saudi Arms Deal," DefenseOne, May 22.
Jeff Abramson, "Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia and Bahrain Should be Rejected," Issue brief, Arms Control Association, May 18
William Hartung, "What Trump should not do when he meets the Saudis," CNN, May 17.
Iain Overton (editor), "Explosive Truths: Monitoring explosive violence in 2016," Action on Armed Violence, May 15.
William Hartung, "We Are Spending a Trillion on War and We Need to Own Up to It," The Nation, May 9.
Colby Goodman +, "US Foreign Military Training Reached Record Highs in 2015: Trend Report May 2017," Security Assistance Monitor, May 4.
Visit the archive of past publications featuring Forum on the Arms Trade-listed experts.
New FMS notifications: Sep 11 - Canada $5.23 billion for 18 F/A-18E/F Super Hornets Sep 8 - Bahrain $2.785 billion for 19 F-16V aircraft, $1.092 billion for upgrades of 20 F-16s to F-16V, $60.25 million for fast patrol boats, and $27 million for TOW missiles. Annual total is nearly $30.5 billion (all countries). see resource
Resource Page - Potential Sale of F-16s to Bahrain
Potential sales, including F-16s ad F-16 upgrades, valued at nearly $4billion were notified to U.S. Congress on September 8. A number of Forum-listed experts commented on this possibility in March. see resource
2018 Annual Conference
Plans are being made for an annual conference in late January or early February 2018 to be held in Washington, DC. More details forthcoming.
Exemplary Media Winner - Marcus Weisgerber
Voters selected Marcus Weisgerber's May 22 Defense One article examining President Trump's announced $110 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia for top exemplary reporting over the 2nd quarter of 2017 (April-June). See announcement.
Expert Commentary - U.S. Senate Vote on PGM Sale
47 Senators attempt to block sale of precision guided munitions in narrow vote June 13. See expert commentary.
Resource - US-Saudi Arms Sales ($110 Billion Proposed)
Trump announces $110 billion arms deals with Saudi Arabia on May 20, many details of which are unclear. On June 13, Senate voted on legislation (S.J. Res 42) to block the precision-guided munition direct commercial sale that was notified to Congress; the legislation failed by just 3 votes. On May 25 a similar bill (H.J. Res 102) was introduced in the House and has yet to be voted on. Humanitarian crisis worsening in Yemen. Go to resource page.
First 100 Days Blog Series
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