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.
Mary Wareham, "Sri Lanka Bans Cluster Munitions," Human Rights Watch, March 14
Caroline Dorminey (emerging expert) co-author, "Risky Business: The Role of Arms Sales in U.S. Foreign Policy," CATO Institute, March 13
Aude Fleurant (and team), "Trends in international arms transfers, 2017," SIPRI Fact Sheet, March 12
Kate Kizer (co-author), "The Lesson the Trump Administration has Failed to Learn about Yemen," Just Security, March 12
William Hartung, "Trends in Major U.S. Arms Sales in 2017: A Comparison of the Obama and Trump Administrations," see also press release, Security Assistance Monitor, March 8
William Hartung, "How the US can bring an end to the war in Yemen," CNN, March 7
Jeff Abramson, "U.S. May Ease Arms Export Rules," Arms Control Today, March 2018
Jeff Abramson, "Europeans Cut Saudi Arms Sales," Arms Control Today, March 2018
Roy Isbister +, "The beginning of the end? European arms exports for the Yemen war," Saferworld, Mar 1
Samuel Perlo-Freeman, "Who is arming the Yemen war? (And is anyone planning to stop?)," World Peace Foundation, Feb 28
Rachel Stohl and Shannon Dick, "Child Soldiers Pose a National Security Threat," The National Interest, Feb 12
Dan Mahanty and Rachel Stohl and Shannon Dick, "If We're Going to Export More US Arms, Let's Do It Smarter," Defense One, Feb 1
Jeff Abramson, "Mine Ban Membership Grows," Arms Control Today, Jan/Feb 2018
Daniel Mahanty, *With Great Power: Modifying US Arms Sales to Reduce Civilian Harm," CIVIC/Stimson Center, Jan 10
William Hartung, "Case Study: Saudi Arabia and the Promise of Jobs," CIVIC/Stimson, Jan. 10
William Hartung +, "America's shadow war in Africa is dangerous and counterproductive," The Hill, Jan. 5
Dan Gettinger +, "Drone Year in Review: 2017," Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College, Jan 3
Daniel Mahanty +, "America takes turn for the worse on cluster bombs," The Hill, Dec 14
Denise Garcia, "Governing Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems," Ethics and International Affairs, Dec 13
Adotei Akwei, "Congress Must Reject the Militarization of US-Africa Policy," Amnesty International, Dec 6
Wim Zwijnenburg +, "Living under a black sky: Conflict pollution and environmental health concerns in Iraq," PAX, Dec 5
Mark Bromley, "Export controls, human security and cyber-surveillance technology: Examining the proposed changes to the EU Dual-use Regulation," SIPRI, Dec 2017
William Hartung, "Donald Trump’s Dangerous
Love Affair With Saudi Arabia &
Its Impacts on Mideast Security" Center for Middle East Studies, Dec 2017
Samuel Perlo-Freeman, "Corruption in the Indonesian arms business: tentative steps towards an end to impunity," World Peace Foundation, December 2017
Bonnie Docherty (contributor), "An Overdue Review: Addressing Incendiary Weapons in the Contemporary Context," Human Rights Watch/International Human Rights Clinic (Harvard Law), Nov 20
Scott Paul, "Saudi Arabia’s stranglehold on Yemen condemns thousands to die in the coming weeks," Politics of Poverty, Nov 17
Ray Acheson is main author for a week of daily updates from the CCW conversation on lethal autonomous weapons in Reaching Critical Will's CCW Report, week of Nov 13
Frank Slijper, "Where to draw the line: Increasing Autonomy in Weapon Systems – Technology and Trends," PAX, Nov 12
William Hartung, "Donald Trump's Hollow Promises on Arms Sales to Japan," Inkstick, Nov 9
Allison Pytlak, and Ray Acheson, multiple editorials and analysis in Reaching Critical Will's First Committee Monitor, volumes I, II, III, IV, V, Final Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Nov 6
Rachel Stohl and Shannon Dick, "What America Can Do to Stop the Practice of Child Soldiers," The National Interest, Nov 6
Visit the archive of past publications featuring Forum on the Arms Trade-listed experts.
Upcoming US-Saudi meeting in Washington DC
Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman is set to begin a visit to the United States the week of March 19, including a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump on March 20 in Washington, DC. William Hartung, Jeff Abramson, Andrew Feinstein, and Iain Overton provide analysis. See resource.
Resource Page - Yemen War Powers Resolution
On February 28, Senate Joint Resolution 54 (S.J.Res 54) was introduced, "To direct the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress," drawing in part on the Arms Export Control Act to receive expedited consideration. On March 9, 55 organizations called on the Senate to support the resolution. see resource
New FMS notifications:
March 7 - United Arab Emirates (UAE) $270.4 million for AIM-9X-2 Sidewinder missiles; Qatar $197 million for Air Force air operation upgrades. March 2 - Japan $45 million for Phalanx conversion kits. March 1 - Ukraine $49 million for Javelin anti-tank missiles. Annual total for calendar year 2018 is more than $13 billion; 2017 was $63.1 billion (all countries). see resource
Mark your calendar
Resource Page - U.S. Conventional Arms Transfer Policy
It is anticipated that the Trump administration will issue a revised U.S. conventional arms transfer policy (CAT). See resource for more on the policy and experts to contact.
Resource Page - Int'l Trade of Firearms & Ammunition: Move to Commerce Control
In January, members of the House of Representatives took steps to block the transfer of some items on US Munitions List (USML) categories I-III to the Commerce Control List (CCL). See resource for concerns expressed and more information.
Resource - US-Saudi Arms Sales ($110 Billion Proposed)
Trump announces $110 billion arms deals with Saudi Arabia on May 20, 2017, many details of which are unclear. However, more than $17 billion in foreign military sales (FMS) have been notified to Congress, including a $15 billion sale of THAAD systems on October 6. On June 13, 2017, 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. Go to resource page.
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