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.
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
William Hartung, "Donald Trump’s Dangerous
Love Affair With Saudi Arabia &
Its Impacts on Mideast Security" Center for Middle East Studies, Dec 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
Lora Lumpe (co-author), "Congress must know more about special operations before tragedy strikes," The Hill, Oct 31
Daniel Mahanty, " We're loosening the rules for killing. This won't end well," USA Today, Oct 30
William Hartung, "Putting the Brake on U.S. Military Actions," New York Times, Oct 29
Rasha Abdul Rahim (contributor), "Key Principles on the use and Transfer of Armed Drones," Amnesty International, Oct 20
Rachel Stohl (co-author), "Reviewing 2017
ATT Annual Reports on Arms Exports and Imports: Fulfilling the Promise of the ATT?," ATT Baseline Assessment Project, Oct 2017
Edited by Ray Acheson, Matthew Bolton, Allison Pytlak and others, with additional articles by Hector Guerra, Rachel Stohl " The humanitarian impact of drones," Reaching Critical Will, Oct 2017
Jeff Abramson, "Congress Should Not Cede Oversight on Small Arms Exports," Issue Brief, Arms Control Association, Oct 5
William Hartung, "U.S. Arms Transfers to the UAE and the War In Yemen," Center for International Policy, Sept 2017
Colby Goodman and Rachel Stohl, "Five dangers of giving the Commerce Department oversight of firearms exports [commentary]," DefenseNews, Sept 25.
Ray Acheson (editor), "First Committee briefing book 2017," Reaching Critical Will, Sept 2017
Patrick Wilcken (contributor), "From London to Juba: A-UK Registered Company's Role in One of the Largest Arms Deals to South Sudan," Amnesty International, Sept 25
Samuel Perlo-Freeman, "Just how big is the international arms trade? (part one) and (part two)," World Peace Foundation, Sept 25
Seth Binder, "Are we making the same mistakes in Iraq?," Inkstick, Sept 18
Arms Trade Treaty Conference of States Parties
Rachel Stohl, "Third Conference of States Parties to the Arms Trade Treaty Short on Substance" Stimson, Sept 21
Allison Pytlak, "Sliding into norm erosion," and Ray Acheson, "News in brief," Reaching Critical Will's ATT Monitor, Vol. 10, No. 6, Sept 18
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," PAX, 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," Saferworld, August 7.
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.
Visit the archive of past publications featuring Forum on the Arms Trade-listed experts.
NEW - Looking Ahead 2018 - Blog Series
Expert analysis on issues in 2018 related to weapons use, the arms trade, and security assistance.
Tackling the humanitarian harm from the use of explosive weapons in populated areas: What’s in store for 2018? - Laura Boillot
Novel approaches to State responsibility for conflict pollution and environment damage - Wim Zwijnenburg
European arms export policy at the crossroads - Frank
Sweden’s proposed “Democracy Criterion” for arms exports – taking the lead in export controls, or new words for old policies - Samuel Perlo-Freeman
In 2018, The Trump Administration Will Continue to Tout Job Impacts of Arms Exports - William Hartung
New FMS notifications: Nov 29 - Singapore- $415 million Paveway II laser guided bombs Nov 28 - Poland- $250 million for artillery rocket systems (HIMARS) and $250 million for air-to-air missiles Nov 17 - Georgia- $75 million for Javelin missiles Nov 14 - Poland- $10.5 billion for integrated air and missile defense (Patriot 3+) Norway- $170 million for air-to-air missiles (AMRAAM) Nov 1 - Qatar- $1.1 billion for support to F-15QA aircraft Oct 30 - Canada- $140 million for AMRAAM missiles Oct 16 - Greece- $2.404 billion for F-16 upgrades Oct 16 and 11 - Kuwait - $29 million for M1A1 tanks $342.6 million for continued C-17 support Oct 11 - Czech Republic - $575 million for UH-1Y helicopters Netherlands -$53 million for air-to-air missiles (AMRAAM) Oct 6 - Saudi Arabia -$15 billion for THAAD systems Oct 4 - Japan $113 million for medium range air-to-air missiles Annual total now nearly $63 billion (all countries). see resource
New - Yemen War Powers Resolution (H.Con.Res 81)
A vote was expected around November 3 on H.Con.Res 81, which calls for removal of US forces fighting in Yemen, including refueling and other assistance to Saudi Arabia and UAE, with certain exceptions. Actions on November 1 make it unclear when the vote might occur. See resource for more details and analysis.
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. 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, 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 but did not receive a vote. Go to resource page.
Resource Page - Int'l Trade of Firearms & Ammunition: Move to Commerce Control
On September 8, the U.S. Defense Trade Advisory Group discussed the transfer of US Munitions List (USML) categories I-III to the Commerce Control List (CCL) in 2018. See resource for concerns expressed and more information.
Exemplary Media Winners - Ivan Angeloviski and Lawrence Marzouk
October 17 - Voters selected Ivan Angelovski and Lawrence Marzouk’s September 12 Balkan Investigative Reporting Network story “The Pentagon's $2.2 Billion Soviet Arms Pipeline Flooding Syria” for top exemplary reporting over the 3nd quarter of 2017 (July-September). See announcement.
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.
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.
First 100 Days Blog Series
Experts analyze the first 100 days of the new U.S. presidential administration.