Rachel Stohl is a senior associate with Stimson's Managing Across Boundaries initiative. Her areas of expertise focus on issues relating to the international arms trade, including small arms and light weapons, as well as children and armed conflict.
Prior to joining Stimson she was an associate fellow at Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, from 2009-2011. She was a senior analyst at the Center for Defense Information in Washington, D.C from 1998-2009. Stohl has also been a consultant for many international organizations, including Oxfam, Project Ploughshares, SIPRI, the Small Arms Survey, and World Vision. She served as a Scoville Fellow at the British American Security Information Council in D.C. and worked at the United Nations Center for Disarmament Affairs in New York and at the Program for Arms Control, Disarmament, and Conversion in Monterey, CA. Stohl has also been an adjunct professor at Georgetown University.
Stohl was the consultant to the UN ATT process from 2010-2013 and was previously the consultant to the UN Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) on the Arms Trade Treaty in 2008 and the UN Register for Conventional Arms in 2009.
Stohl is co-author of two books, The International Arms Trade (Polity Press, 2009) and The Beginners Guide to the Small Arms Trade (Oneworld Publishing, 2009). She has appeared in numerous documentaries, including "Making a Killing: Inside the International Arms Trade," available on the DVD of the feature film Lord of War.
Stohl holds an M.A. in international policy studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and an honors B.A. in political science and German from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
- The Other Side of Drones: Saving Wildlife in Africa and Managing Global Crime (Conflict Trends, October 2013)
- Killing Lions, Buying Bombs (The New York Times, August 12, 2013)
- Arms Twisting- Why Won't Obama Sign His Own Weapons Treaty Next Week? (Foreign Policy, May 31, 2013)
- Tell the Truth About the Arms Treaty (The New York Times, April 11, 2013)
- Arming the Syrians Continues to be a Bad Idea (The Hill, March 12, 2013)
- Why Arming Syrian Rebels is a Bad Idea (Politico, October 26, 2012)
- The International Arms Trade (Polity Press, November, 2009)
- The Small Arms Trade: A Beginner's Guide (Oneworld Publishing, 2007)