Please join the Stimson Center Alfred Lee Loomis Innovation Council Co-Chair France Hoang in a conversation with Clint Watts on some of the critical challenges facing the U.S. and the world at the intersection of technology and national security. The discussion will include the impact of state and non-state actors’ use of information, private military force, and alternative finance; climate change and cybersecurity; and the internet’s role in shaping perceptions and the resulting consequences for democracy.

The Alfred Lee Loomis Innovation Council is a forum for America’s technology leaders and policymakers to share expertise, build innovative solutions to 21st century problems, and consider the future of U.S. technology policy. Learn more about the Council.

Preventing and mitigating diversion of conventional weapons from licit to illicit markets is a central element of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). The theme of the 7th Conference of States Parties to the ATT focuses on strengthening efforts to eradicate the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons and ensure efficient stockpile management and is closely linked with efforts to combat diversion. This side event will underscore the importance of stockpile management in the context of the ATT as well as discuss other measures that States can utilize to address diversion risks.

Join the Stimson Center, the Small Arms Survey, Conflict Armament Research, the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research, and the Mission of Sierra Leone to the United Nations in Geneva for an expert discussion on practical tools national governments can use to address the risks and impacts of weapons diversion and better secure the global arms trade.

In this South Asian Voices virtual roundtable, experts from India and Pakistan will be in conversation with Dr. Nina Tannenwald on her latest article, “ 23 Years of Nonuse: Does the Nuclear Taboo Constrain India and Pakistan?” This discussion will examine whether the nonuse of nuclear weapons in South Asia over the past two decades can be attributed to normative concerns and how the nuclear taboo can be strengthened going forward.

Join the Stimson Center for the launch of Stimson’s new report, A New Agenda for U.S. Drone Policy and the Use of Lethal Force. The event will feature an expert discussion on the ways in which the security infrastructure that arose from the attacks on September 11, 2001 has transformed U.S. engagements in the world and opportunities to reassess the U.S. government’s approach to the use of lethal force abroad.

Two weeks into his administration on February 4, 2021, President Biden announced that the United States would no longer support offensive military operations in the war in Yemen, including relevant arms sales. The announcement marked a shift in U.S. policy toward Yemen and brought to the fore current U.S. arms transfer policies and the role that U.S. arms sales can have in sustaining conflict and facilitating harm. In recent years, Congress has also increasingly discussed the role of arms sales in U.S. foreign policy, proposing and passing numerous resolutions of disapproval on controversial arms transfers.

In light of this renewed attention on U.S. arms sales and to mark the Biden administration’s and the 117th Congress’ first 100 days, please join the Forum on the Arms Trade, the Stimson Center, PAX, and the Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC) for an expert conversation on the U.S. government’s approach to – as well as roles and responsibilities in – the global arms trade.

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Members of the press are welcome to attend Stimson Center events.  In the uncommon case where space for press is limited, we may credential those attending. Please RSVP to ensure you have a spot.

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Past Events

The Biden administration will soon release its North Korea policy review, charting its path and approach to denuclearization and peace on the Peninsula. Reading closely into Washington’s course are regional stakeholders, including Beijing, Seoul, and Tokyo. How the new administration’s approach reflects continuity and change from the past administration’s will intimately shape the complex interactions at play in the region’s security environment.

Join East Asia Co-Directors Yun Sun and Yuki Tatsumi, as well as 38 North’s Jenny Town, as they outline what’s expected in the policy review and provide key insights on the Chinese, Japanese, and South Korean perspectives to Washington’s policy direction.

Please join the Stimson South Asia Program for the book launch and discussion of Andrew Radin’s new book, Institution-Building in Weak States: The Primacy of Local Politics. Radin, a political scientist at the RAND Corporation, will apply findings from his book to address the challenge of effective institution-building in Afghanistan in the context of the current peace process.

The discussion will focus on the role of institutions in generating a sustainable peace, the interests of domestic stakeholders, and likely challenges to international community engagement in a post-settlement environment. Elizabeth Threlkeld, South Asia Program Deputy Director, will offer discussant remarks and Sameer Lalwani, South Asia Program Director, will moderate.

Join the Washington Foreign Law Society and the Stimson Center in this second in a series of discussions dissecting cyber issues as they relate to current and potential legal accountability: Cyber Accountability – Who did it? Is it wrong? Can they be stopped?

The 2017 NotPetya cyberattack cost businesses hundreds of millions of dollars, and the attack is still roiling through insurance markets and some courts. A key issue is under what circumstances state-backed hacks are covered by various kinds of insurance policies or are excluded for being “hostile or warlike acts.” Lloyd’s Market Association is still reviewing alternative industry approaches that can satisfy market needs. Meanwhile, what can/should businesses do in terms of insurance coverage, especially given the difficulties in the classic NMA 464 exclusions, to make sure they have appropriate coverage? How might thresholds be set so that the insurance market itself is sustainable? And might any of these solutions lead to holding threat actors more accountable?

The diversion of conventional weapons from licit to illicit markets is a key international security concern, as unregulated weapons can exacerbate and perpetuate conflict and armed violence, facilitate violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law, and contribute to insecurity and instability. Such risks underscore the importance of robust arms transfer controls and weapons management procedures at the national level.

Join the Stimson Center, the Small Arms Survey, Conflict Armament Research, and the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research for an expert discussion on practical tools national governments can use to address the risk of weapons diversion and better secure the global arms trade. The event will launch a new Stimson Center report, Diversion and the Arms Trade Treaty: Identifying Good Practice and Opportunities for Progress .

At a time when women were considered unfit to be foreign correspondents, Kate Webb, Catherine Leroy, and Frances FitzGerald went to Vietnam to cover the most consequential story of the decade. In You Don’t Belong Here, Elizabeth Becker explores these three women’s careers and lives in covering the Vietnam War to illuminate how their experiences and sacrifices changed the craft of war reporting for future generations.

Please join us on March 30 for a discussion with Susan Hammond and Elizabeth Becker about You Don’t Belong Here: How Three Women Rewrote the Story of War.

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