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Preparing for Entry into Force: Next Steps for the Arms Trade Treaty

The Arms Trade Treaty was adopted and opened for signature on April 2, 2013. Since then, States, international, regional, and civil society organizations have worked to prepare for the Treaty’s entry into force. This event will highlight the next steps for the Arms Trade Treaty, both internationally and for the United States. It will also highlight the Arms Trade Treaty-Baseline Assessment Project (ATT-BAP) as one mechanism to help States prepare for ratification and implementation of the Treaty. ATT-BAP has been collecting information from UN Member States to help them prepare for Treaty implementation and will present the current data on its Project Portal (ATT-BAPP), an online collection of information on current ATT implementation practices. The Portal will allow ATT Member States, UN regional organizations, and civil society groups to search by country and region, as well as by topic in an effort to ascertain any general trends regarding current State practice in implementing the ATT.

View video below or here.

Preparing For Entry Into Force: Next Steps For The Arms Trade Treaty from Stimson Center on Vimeo.

ATT-BAP presentation document available here.


Dr. Paul Holtom

Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University

Dr. Paul Holtom is a senior research fellow at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University (UK). He was previously a Senior Researcher with the SIPRI Arms Transfers Program and Director of the program during 2009-2013. He has also been a consultant for several NGOs (Oxfam, Saferworld, and the Small Arms Survey) and regional and international organizations, including the Council of Europe, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Dr. Holtom was also the consultant for the 2013 Group of Governmental Experts on the UN Register of Conventional Arms. 

Chris Wright

Embassy of the United Kingdom

Chris Wright has worked at the British Embassy, Washington since September 2012, where he leads on non-proliferation and arms control. He has worked for the British diplomatic service for 10 years. He worked in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on co-operative threat reduction and multilateral nuclear issues. Wright served overseas at the British Consulate General in Basra, Iraq, focusing on political and communication issues, Manila, where he headed up the political team in the British Embassy and a short stint at the UK’s mission to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), where he led on transnational threats. 

Remarks from Chris Wright here.

William B. Malzahn

US Department of State, Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation

William Malzahn is the senior coordinator for Multilateral Control of Conventional Weapons in the Office of Conventional Arms Threat Reduction, Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation (ISN/CATR).  He served as the Deputy Head of the US Delegation on the Arms Trade Treaty throughout the ATT process at the United Nations at the 2008 UN Group of Governmental Experts; the 2009 UN Open-Ended Working Group; and the 2010, 2011, and 2012 meetings of UN Preparatory Committee; the 2012 UN Conference; and the 2013 Final UN Conference.  He has led US participation in the UN Register of Conventional Arms since 1995, serving as the US Expert to the 1997, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2009, and 2013 UN Groups of Governmental Experts (GGE) on the Register. Prior to joining the Department of State in 1999, Malzahn worked in the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency from 1990-1999.

Remarks from William Malzahn here.

Rachel Stohl

The Stimson Center, Managing Across Boundaries Initiative

Rachel Stohl is a senior associate with Stimson’s Managing Across Boundaries Initiative. Prior to joining Stimson, she was an associate fellow at Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, from 2009-2011. Stohl was also a senior analyst at the Center for Defense Information in Washington, D.C from 1998-2009. Stohl has been a consultant for many international organizations, including Oxfam, Project Ploughshares, SIPRI, the Small Arms Survey, and World Vision. She 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.

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