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.
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.
Robert Muggah +, "Why A 'Great Wall' Won't Stop The Cross-Border Gun Trade," Americas Quarterly, April 27.
Aude Fleurant (and team), "Trends in World Military Expenditures, 2016," SIPRI Fact Sheet, April 24.
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.
UPDATED - MAY 25
Trump announces $110 billion arms deals with Saudi Arabia on May 20. At present, it is difficult to detail what is new and what is from the Obama administration. On May 25, Senators Paul, Murphy and Franken introduced legislation (S.J. Res 42) to block the precision-guided munition direct commercial sale that was notified to Congress on May 19 . Six Representatives members introduced (H.J. Res 102) the same legislation in the House. See the resources below and publications to the left for more on how Forum-listed experts assess such deals.
See also organizational statements who have Forum-listed experts: Amnesty USA, Oxfam America, Yemen Peace Project.
Resource - Potential PGM Sale to Saudi Arabia
New notifications: May 22 - Saudi Arabia ($250 for naval training) May 10 - UAE (Patriot missiles - $2 billion) and India (CBRN support - $75 million) push annual total to more than $9 billion.
First 100 Days Blog Series
Experts analyze the first 100 days of the new U.S. presidential administration.
A View from the United Kingdom: Trump's First 100 Days video blog by Martin Butcher
A View from Brazil: Trump's First 100 Days video blog by Robert Muggah
A View from Canada: Trump's First 100 Days video blog by Erin Hunt
Mexico, Arms, and the Trump Administration video blog by John Lindsay-Poland
A New U.S. Drone Policy? by Rachel Stohl
Trump on Arms Sales by Rachel Stohl and Shannon Dick*
Donald Trump and The Death of Diplomacy by William D. Hartung
Trump's Military Only Strategy in Yemen by Kate Kizer
Trump's First 100 Days of Foreign Military Sales Notifications Were More Than Eight Times That of Obama's - No Restraint in Sight by Jeff Abramson
Cyber Insecurity Under Trump by Allison Pytlak
Proposed Arms Sale is Not the Road to Peace in Nigeria by Danielle Preskitt*
Defense Spending and Employment Under The Trump Administration by Robert Watson*
* member of the Forum's emerging expert program
Aaron Mehta recognized for exemplary reporting
See the press release: here.
Resource - Expert Opinion: F-16s to Bahrain
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.