The Forum on the Arms Trade is an information clearinghouse, forum, and point of contact for strengthening efforts to address the economic, humanitarian and security implications of legal, illicit, and illegal arms transfers. Focused primarily on U.S. arms transfers and security assistance, the Forum is a professional network of civil society experts working on arms control, development, human rights and related topics. Based in 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 and best contacts.
Robert Muggah +, "Brazil's Merchants of Death," New York Times, October 23
Rachel Stohl, "The Obama Administration's New Declaration on Export and Use of Drones," Stimson Spotlight, October 5
Jeff Abramson, "Arms Sales to Kingdom Draw Scrutiny" Arms Control Today, October 2016.
Jeff Abramson +, "Textron to Halt Cluster Bomb Production" Arms Control Today, October 2016
Rachel Stohl, "New Draft on Drone Export Rules 'More Problematic' Than Original," DefenseNews, September 29
Rachel Stohl, "The Pitfalls of the Pentagon Taking the Lead on U.S. Security Assistance," World Politics Review, September 20
Rachel Stohl, "Block U.S. Arms Sales to Stop Indiscriminate Bombing in Yemen," Breaking Defense, September 16
William Hartung, "U.S. Arms Transfers to Saudi Arabia and the War in Yemen," Security Assistance Monitor, September 7
Jeff Abramson, "Proposed Arms Sale to Saudi Arabia Should be Withdrawn; Future Transfers Put on Hold," Arms Control Association, September 6.
Jeff Abramson (final editor), "Cluster Munition Monitor 2016," Cluster Munition Coalition, September 1
Rachel Stohl, "No Further Excuses: Report from Arms Trade Treaty Conference," Arms Control Now, August 30
William Hartung, "From Iraq to Egypt to Yemen, Growing Dangers of Runaway U.S. Arms Trafficking," Huffington Post, August 26
Iain Overton (editor), "Patterns of Harm: Five years of explosive violence 2011-2015," Action on Armed Violence, August 2
Rachel Stohl +, "Two Options for South Sudan," Foreign Affairs, July 27
Rachel Stohl +, "Child solders in South Sudan: President Obama's last chance to help," The Hill, July 27
William Hartung, "There's No Business Like the Arms Business," TomDispatch.com, July 26
Rachel Stohl +, "The Feds Just Put the US Back in the Global Drone Race," Wired, July 17
Colby Goodman, "Burning Issues: The Arms Trade As A Foreign Policy Tool" (video), July 13 - below.
Visit the archive of past publications featuring Forum on the Arms Trade-listed experts.
2016 Presidential Race
Updated with comments from final presidential candidates debate.
Tank Deal to Saudi Arabia
Forum experts comment on proposed U.S. sale of tanks to Saudi Arabia (updated September 21). See page.
US notifies Congress of potential sales of tanks and other major weapons (Aug. 8), Congressional opposition forms. Last US producer of cluster munitions stops production. See page.
Examining official transparency reporting, where it struggles, and the important role civil society often plays.
June 7 - If you really care about sustainable development, you better think about defense by Tobias Bock and Hilary Hurd
June 3 - Improving Transparency and Seeking Control over the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons by Natalie Goldring
May 23 - The ATT and Transparency by Rachel Stohl and Paul Holtom
May 17 - Declining transparency in reporting on arms trade and military spending: some observations by Aude Fleurant and team
May 13 - Progress and Gaps in Security Assistance Transparency by Colby Goodman
April 28 - Deadline Approaches on Landmine and Cluster Munition Reporting by Jeff Abramson