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.
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.
Iain Overton (editor), "Understanding the rising cult of the suicide bomber," Action on Armed Violence, released May 4.
Danielle Preskitt (emerging expert), "U.S. Unblocks Bahrain F-16s Sale," Arms Control Today, May 2017.
Danielle Preskitt (emerging expert), "Anti-Landmine Efforts Draw Funding," Arms Control Today, May 2017.
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New FMS notifications: Aug 17 - Romania $1.25 billion for High Mobility Arm Rocket Systems, Aug 8 - Thailand $24.9 million for Harpoon missiles, Aug 2 - Nigeria $593 million for Super Tucano aircraft, Australia $108.7 million for radio frequency countermeasures (F-35s) Aug 1 - Iraq $150 million for Navy vessels and ship repair facility July 28 - Switzerland $115 million for F/A-18 upgrades July 11 - Romania $3.9billion for Patriot air defense systems, Netherlands $34 million for Hellfire missiles July 10 - United Kingdom $1.035 billion for Joint Light Tactical Vehicles, Australia $101.4m Super Hornet upgrades and $50m tank ammunition, Netherlands $58.2 million for missile warning systems pushes annual total to more than $21 billion (all countries). see resource
Resource Page - Potential Arms Sale to Nigeria
Controversial nearly $600 million arms sale to Nigeria notified to U.S. Congress on August 2. see resource
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.
Resource - Expert Opinion: F-16s to Bahrain
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