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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