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.
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 +, "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.
Exemplary Media Winner - Iona Craig
January 18 - Voters selected Iona Craig's December 12 story in The Guardian,“Bombed into famine: how Saudi air campaign targets Yemen’s food supplies,” as the best article in an online poll recognizing exemplary reporting over the 4th quarter of 2017 (Oct - Dec). See announcement.
New FMS notifications: Jan 17 - Saudi Arabia $500 million for missile system support Jan 9 - Japan $133.3 million for SM-3 missiles Jan 5 - Mexico $98.4 million for missiles and torpedoes; Oman - $62 upgrades to F-16 software upgrades and communications equipment.
Annual total for calendar year 2017 was $63.1 billion (all countries). see resource
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.
Looking Ahead 2018 - Blog Series
Expert analysis on issues in 2018 related to weapons use, the arms trade, and security assistance.
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. 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.
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, 2017. See expert commentary.