Rachel Stohl

Vice President

Conventional Defense

Prior to joining Stimson, Stohl 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 been a consultant for a variety of 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 is an adjunct professor in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University.

Stohl was the consultant to the U.N. ATT process from 2010-2013 and was previously the consultant to the U.N. Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) on the Arms Trade Treaty in 2008 and the U.N. Register for Conventional Arms in 2009.

She 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).

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.

To learn more about how Stohl got her start, read her “My Story.

Projects

Promoting long-term stability and security through responsible arms sales and advancing transparent and accountable policies and processes for arms transfer decisions

Promoting an effective, transparent, and accountable US drone policy and responsible international standards guiding drone transfers and use.

Examining the nexus between military assistance and the recruitment and use of child soldiers around the world

Supporting effective implementation of the Arms Trade Treaty

Research & Writing
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Exception(s) to the Rule(s): Civilian Harm, Oversight, and Accountability in the Shadow Wars

Examining the tradeoffs involved with normalizing exceptions to the rules that govern the use of lethal force, and offering concrete recommendations for increasing public awareness and strengthening oversight and accountability

Report
Reporting During a Pandemic: Reflections on the Arms Trade Treaty 2019 Annual Reports

Examining the 2019 ATT annual reports and identifying trends in and challenges to transparency in the global arms trade

Op-Ed
A Record Number of Countries Are Using Child Soldiers

This article was originally published in Inkstick.

Op-Ed
Defense industry cheers as the Trump administration is poised to loosen restrictions on drone exports

This article was originally published in Responsible Statecraft.

Op-Ed
Yes, Congress, There Is Something You Can Do About Reckless Arms Sales

This article was originally published in Just Security.

Op-Ed
Unhappy Anniversary: The US ‘Unsigned’ the Arms Trade Treaty a Year Ago

One year ago today, President Trump announced the United States would “unsign” the Arms Trade Treaty. While this anniversary will likely be missed by a country and world grappling with COVID-19, it is worth reflecting on the impact of this po…

Commentary
COVID-19 and the U.S. Defense Industry

During the global COVID-19 pandemic, the defense industry is trying to navigate and offset the negative consequences of the crisis

Policy Memo
U.S. Drone Policy: Transparency & Oversight

Ensuring U.S. policy on drones sets the standard for drone transfers and use around the world.

Op-Ed
The US Just Gave Greater Legitimacy to Landmines

This article was originally published in Inkstick.

Commentary
Drones and the Development of International Standards

An Opportunity for the United States to set the standard for the transfers and use of armed drones around the world.

Commentary
Looking Ahead – Child Soldiers

Reviewing the efforts and examining the impact and implementation challenges of the Child Soldiers Prevention Act (CSPA)

Policy Memo
Global Arms Trade: Setting an Example for Responsible Policy

As the world’s leading arms exporter, the United States holds considerable influence over appropriate arms transfer control policies and should serve as an example for national approaches that are responsible, transparent, and accountable.

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Rachel Stohl cited in article about the US’s move closer relaxing regulatory arms trade law, allowing American assault weapons to be sold internationally

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration has passed a key milestone in a long-delayed rule change that would make it easier to sell U.S. firearms outside the United States, including assault rifles and ammunition, people briefed on the matter to…

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Trump administration turns its back on child soldiers again by Rachel Stohl and Ryan Fletcher

As headlines continue to call attention to massive suffering of civilians in conflict zones around the world, the Trump administration has been admonished for turning its back on defenseless civilians. This week, President Trump has taken a l…

Report
Understanding the Role of U.S. Industry in the Arms Trade Treaty

The Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) is the first legally binding international agreement to regulate the global trade in conventional arms by establishing common international standards for countries to incorporate into their national transfer control systems….

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An “Emergency” Arms Deal: Will Congress Acquiesce in Another Blow to Its Authority? by Rachel Stohl

When it comes to the war in Yemen, Congress has made its feelings known: It wants to end any U.S. participation, as well as block the sales of weapons to the countries carrying it out. In April, both the House and Senate passed a bipartisan resolu…

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Op-ed by Rachel Stohl on leaving the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT)

Leaving the Arms Trade Treaty would be another shot in America’s foot President Donald Trump‘s announcement in late April that the U.S. will withdraw its signature from the Arms Trade Treaty is the latest move by an administration innately hostile to n…

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Op-ed by Rachel Stohl on Unsigning the Arms Trade Treaty

TRUMP UNSIGNS THE ARMS TRADE TREATY: HOW DID WE GET HERE? You might have heard that President Donald Trump struck another fatal blow to multilateral diplomacy last week when he announced that the United States would withdraw its signature from the…

Commentary
Trump’s Withdrawal from Arms Trade Treaty Could Reduce US Exports

In a fiery speech at the annual meeting of the National Rifle Association on Friday, President Trump announced that the United States would “unsign” the Arms Trade Treaty, or ATT. This decision is a mistake, not only because it undermines the United St…

Commentary
Trump’s decision to leave a global arms treaty was built on an NRA lie

President Trump announced on Friday — during a speech that pandered to special-interest groups and was symbolic of his administration’s disdain for multilateral agreements — that the United States would “unsign” the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), a landmark…

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Op-ed by Rachel Stohl on Trump’s Decision to leave the ATT

Trump’s decision to leave a global arms treaty was built on an NRA lie President Trump announced on Friday — during a speech that pandered to special-interest groups and was symbolic of his administration’s disdain for multilateral agreements…

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Rachel Stohl quoted in article about Trump dropping out of another global arms treaty during NRA speech

During NRA speech, Trump drops out of another global arms treaty President Trump announced Friday that he would end U.S. support for a global arms pact known as the Arms Trade Treaty in the latest illustration of his aversion to international agreement…

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Rachel Stohl quoted in article about US pulling out of UN arms treaty

Trump pulling U.S. out of U.N. arms treaty, heeding NRA INDIANAPOLIS (Reuters) – President Donald Trump told the National Rifle Association on Friday he was pulling the United States out of an international arms treaty signed in 2013 by then-President…

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Rachel Stohl quoted in AP article on Trump telling NRA he’s withdrawing from the ATT

Trump tells NRA he’s withdrawing from arms trade treaty INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — In a largely symbolic gesture to a group that helped him win the White House, President Donald Trump said Friday he is pulling the U.S. back from an international agreement on…

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Rachel Stohl quoted in NPR article on the ATT

Trump Moves To Withdraw U.S. From U.N. Arms Trade Treaty President Trump effectively “unsigned” an international arms sales agreement Friday, moving to withdraw the U.S. from the United Nations’ Arms Trade Treaty. The agreement sets global standards fo…

Press Release
Statement: Trump “Un-signing” Arms Trade Treaty undermines US leadership and harms national security

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 04/26/2019 CONTACT Caiti Goodman, 202.478.3437 (O), 202.361.0254 (C), [email protected]   Statement: Trump “Un-signing” Arms Trade Treaty undermines US leadership and harms national security. Today President Trump anno…

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Secret Report Reveals Saudi Incompetence and Widespread Use of U.S. Weapons in Yemen

SINCE THE BRUTAL murder of Saudi dissident and Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi last October, Congress has increasingly pressured the Trump administration to stop backing the Saudi Arabia-led coalition fighting in Yemen and halt U.S. arms sa…

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Trump Scraps Requirement to Report Some Air Strikes – Rachel Stohl Comments

Trump scraps requirement to report some air strikes President Donald Trump has overturned an Obama-era requirement for intelligence officials to publish an annual report on air strikes in places like Yemen, Libya and Pakistan — a document that experts…

Issue Brief
ATT Reaches Milestone 100 States Parties

Five years ago, governments from around the world adopted the first legally-binding treaty to regulate the international transfer of conventional weapons in order to bring greater transparency and responsibility to the global arms trade. This week, the…

Commentary
Arms Trade Treaty Still Not Meeting Potential

  Five years ago, governments from around the world adopted the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) – the first legally-binding treaty to regulate the international transfer of conventional weapons. In August, governments, civil society, international organiz…

Report
The Arms Trade Treaty and Drones

Unmanned aerial vehicles, more commonly referred to as drones, have become a mainstay of military operations around the world. Yet with their unique characteristics, drones present several challenges. Countries have sought to integrate drone technology…

Commentary
Tempered Criticism as Trump Administration Releases Annual List of Countries Recruiting and Using Child Soldiers

By Rachel Stohl, Shannon Dick, and Cassandra Cronin The use of child soldiers is one of the most horrific abuses of children in conflict. Every year, the U.S. State Department identifies foreign governments that use or support the use of child soldiers…

Press Release
Trump Administration Backsliding on Establishing a Responsible U.S. Drone Policy

For Immediate Release June 7, 2018 Audel Shokohzadeh, [email protected], 202.478.3419   Washington, DC- Drone use has expanded over the last year, while becoming less transparent and less accountable, according to a new report from the Stimso…

Report
An Action Plan on US Drone Policy: Recommendations for the Trump Administration

Drones have become a mainstay of U.S. counterterrorism operations and national security policy writ large. The Obama administration popularized the use of armed drones — or what are more technically referred to as unmanned aerial systems, unmanned aeri…

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Rachel Stohl Op-Ed on Expansion of U.S. Drone Strikes

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Rachel Stohl Quoted on Balanced Arms-export Strategy

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Rachel Stohl Quoted on Trump Conventional Arms and Drone Policies

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Rachel Stohl Op-Ed on Trump Administration’s Weapons Export Policies

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Commentary
Trump Administration’s New Weapons Export Policies Stress Benefits to US Economy

After months of anticipation, the Trump administration recently released a new conventional arms transfer (CAT) policy and a new unmanned aerial systems (UAS) export policy. Both policies demonstrate a notable shift in the U.S. approach…

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Rachel Stohl Op-Ed on Trump Change in Drone Export Policy

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Commentary
With Eye on Export Boost, Trump Admin Revises Arms Transfer Policies

The Trump administration released new conventional arms transfer (CAT) and drone export policies last week. Why it matters: The policies further Trump’s goal of increasing U.S. arms exports, and depart from those of previous administrati…

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Rachel Stohl Quoted on Arms Export Changes

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Rachel Stohl Quoted on Trump Drone Export Policy

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Rachel Stohl Quoted on Trump Foreign Arms Sales

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Rachel Stohl Quoted on U.S. Foreign Drone Sales

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Rachel Stohl Quoted on Change in U.S. Drone Export Rules

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Rachel Stohl Quoted on Trump Arms Sales

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Rachel Stohl Quoted on New U.S. Drone Rules

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Rachel Stohl Quoted on Trump Drone Policy

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Rachel Stohl Quoted on New U.S.-Russia Arms Race

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Commentary
Child Soldiers Pose a National Security Threat

The United States military is finding itself on the ground-conflict zones across the globe, including in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Nigeria. As the United States expands its footprint around the world, U.S. soldiers may increasingly come into contact…

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Rachel Stohl and Shannon Dick Op-Ed on Child Soldiers

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Rachel Stohl Quoted on Push for Increased US Arms Sales

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Press Release
Rachel Stohl Appointed Managing Director at Stimson Center

For Immediate Release February 5, 2018 Contact: Jim Baird, [email protected]; 202.478.3413 The Stimson Center announced today that Rachel Stohl has been appointed Managing Director. Stohl joins the management team and will oversee the strateg…

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Rachel Stohl Quoted on US Arms Sales

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Commentary
If We’re Going to Export More US Arms, Let’s Do It Smarter

“Buy America” will reportedly soon apply to arms sales in a bigger way, as the Trump administration orders U.S. diplomats to do more to drum up business for American arms manufacturers. But efforts to boost the outgoing flow of weapons should be accomp…

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Rachel Stohl Op-ed on US Arms Exports

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Rachel Stohl and Dan Mahanty Op-Ed on US Arms Sales

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Commentary
Make US Arms Sales Great Again

The Trump administration, according to recent reports, will soon be bringing “Buy America” to international arms sales by asking diplomats to drum up new business for American arms manufacturers. Here’s what the administration and Congress should…

Report
With Great Power: Modifying US Arms Sales to Reduce Civilian Harm

International arms sales represent an enduring and prominent feature of American foreign policy. The United States sells or licenses the sale of weapons to other governments to advance its foreign policy, security, and economic interests. And the US is…

Interactive
In Focus: Modifying US Arm Sales to Reduce Civilian Harm

  International arms sales represent an enduring and prominent feature of American foreign policy. The United States sells or licenses the sale of weapons to other governments to advance its foreign policy, security, and economic interests. And th…

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Rachel Stohl Quoted on Trump Pushing American Weapon Sales

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Rachel Stohl quoted on Trump Campaign Promises on Military

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Rachel Stohl Cited on Arms Trade Treaty Workshop

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Commentary
What America Can Do to Stop the Practice of Child Soldiers

In February, President Donald Trump identified human trafficking as a key issue of concern for U.S. domestic and foreign policies, and stated that his administration would make it a priority to stop the epidemic. Yet on September 30, President Trump wa…

Report
Reviewing 2017 ATT Annual Reports on Arms Exports and Imports: Fulfilling the Promise of the ATT?

The Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) seeks to promote cooperation, transparency, and responsible action in the international arms trade. One of the ways in which ATT States Parties can demonstrate that their arms transfer decisions comply with their ATT obligat…

Report
The Humanitarian Impact of Drones: Country Case Study – The United States

Although a comprehensive US drone policy has yet to be developed, President Trump’s approach to drone export and use is coming into focus. In short, the Trump administration seems intent on undoing many of the policies, procedures, and restraints put i…

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Rachel Stohl Quoted on Unmanned Aircraft Exports

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Rachel Stohl on Department of Commerce and Arms Trade

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Rachel Stohl Quoted on Departmetn of Commerce and Arms Exports

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Rachel Stohl quoted on Global Arms Sales

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Rachel Stohl Quoted on Department of Commerce overseeing Arms Trade

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Rachel Stohl and Colby Goodman op-ed on Dangers of Commerce Dept Oversee Arms Exports

U.S. President Donald Trump’s “Buy American” agenda is taking a potentially deadly turn, with the administration expected to issue new regulations that would make it easier for U.S. firearms and related ammunition to reach terrorists, criminal organiza…

Commentary
Five Dangers of Giving Commerce Department Oversight of Firearms Exports

U.S. President Donald Trump’s “Buy American” agenda is taking a potentially deadly turn, with the administration expected to issue new regulations that would make it easier for U.S. firearms and related ammunition to reach terrorists, criminal organiza…

Press Release
Stohl: Trump’s Drone Policy Could Lead to Increased Number of Strikes

For Immediate Release September 22, 2017 Contact: Jim Baird; [email protected]; 202.478.3413 In light of reporting by The New York Times that the Trump administration is preparing to dismantle several Obama administration limits on drone strikes a…

Commentary
Third Conference of States Parties to the Arms Trade Treaty Short on Substance

By Rachel Stohl As the world watches arms flows to and through conflict zones in Syria, Yemen and elsewhere exacerbate humanitarian disasters and civilian suffering, countries from around the world met last week on the occasion of the Third Confer…

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Rachel Stohl quoted on President’s Trumps first address at the United Nations General Assembly

“The polished and protocol-obsessed diplomats of the United Nations hardly knew what to expect when President Trump arrived at their citadel along the East River on Monday for the first time since taking office. But this was not it. Instead of a tiger,…

Report
Synergies Between the Arms Trade Treaty and UNSCR 1540

The Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) and UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1540 (2004) are two seemingly separate but interrelated regimes that impose important security obligations on Member States. Both the ATT and UNSCR 1540 provide unique opportunities…

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Reporting In Review: Examining ATT Reporting Experiences August 2017

This ATT-BAP report examines the challenges and obstacles to ATT reporting and identifies good practice and opportunities to support ATT reporting efforts. The report is divided into six sections. Section one describes the methodology for assessing Sta…

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Rachel Stohl Quoted in Defense News on International Drone Sales

The Trump administration has officially launched a review of an Obama-era drone export policy, with expectations in industry that the administration will make it easier to export U.S.-manufactured systems. -snip- What is to come remains unclear, but ci…

Commentary
The Trump Administration Has Failed its First Test on Child Soldiers

The Donald Trump administration released the annual Trafficking in Persons Report this week, which includes the list of governments known to use or support the use of child soldiers and thus which may be prohibited from receiving U.S. weapons…

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Rachel Stohl and Shannon Dick’s Op-ed in Foreign Policy on child soldiers

The Donald Trump administration released the annual Trafficking in Persons Report this week, which includes the list of governments known to use or support the use of child soldiers and thus which may be prohibited from receiving U.S. weapons and…

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Rachel Stohl quoted in The Independent on child soldiers

The US has named China as one of the worst offenders for human trafficking in an annual report which could aggravate tensions between the nations as they try to work out how to deal with North Korea.  -snip- Rachel Stohl,…

Commentary
US Seeks to Strengthen Indian Arms Ties

By Rachel Stohl As Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits Washington this week, the defense relationship between the two countries is front and center. New U.S. arms sales to India, including an unarmed version of the MQ-9 Reaper drones, are set to…

Commentary
As Civilian Causalities Mount in Yemen, US Senate Puts Trump Arms Sales on Notice

By Rachel Stohl On June 13, U.S. lawmakers voted on a joint resolution to block a proposed U.S. arms sale to Saudi Arabia amid concerns about the mounting humanitarian crisis resulting from the war in Yemen. The Senate voted 53-47 against the bipartisa…

Report
Assessing ATT Implementation In The Asia Pacific Region

The Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) aims to promote cooperation, transparency, and responsibility in the international arms trade. Implementation and universalization of the ATT remain core objectives for States Parties and the ATT Secretariat. However, implem…

Report
Reporting Challenges and Assistance Needs in the Asia Pacific Region

The Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) was adopted in 2013 with the purpose of establishing common international standards to regulate the international trade in conventional arms and to prevent and eradicate their diversion into the illicit trade. As enunciated…

Impact
Shedding Light on the Global Arms Trade

Highlighting information for successful ATT implementation and reporting.

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Rachel Stohl and Shannon Dick cited in Defense News on Arms Sales

WASHINGTON — The U.S. State Department is expected to take a significant cut in Foreign Military Financing under the Trump administration’s fiscal 2018 budget request, but Congress has quietly introduced legislation that could slow a planned…

Impact
Advancing a Smarter US Drone Strategy

Ensuring U.S. drone policy is transparent, accountable and consistent with national security goals

Commentary
President Trump, You Can Stop the Use of Child Soldiers

President Donald Trump’s foreign policy priorities remain uncertain nearly 100 days into his administration. Early indications, however, point to human trafficking as one area of focus. During a February meeting on domestic and international human traf…

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Rachel Stohl and Shannon Dick’s Op-Ed in CNN on the U.S.’s Role in Stopping the Use of Child Soldiers

(CNN) President Donald Trump’s foreign policy priorities remain uncertain nearly 100 days into his administration. Early indications, however, point to human trafficking as one area of focus. During a February meeting on domestic and international huma…

Commentary
Trump Doesn’t Understand Arms Sales

In less than 100 days, President Donald J. Trump’s approach toward arms sales is slowly coming into focus. The Trump administration’s preliminary 2018 budget proposal – which includes a 28 percent cut in funding for the Department of State and proposed…

Commentary
Trump on Arms Sales

Three months into the Trump administration and President Trump has used arms sales to support security priorities and demonstrate a commitment to industry. Yet it remains unclear how and to what extent arms sales will be used as a tool of Trump’s forei…

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Rachel Stohl and Shannon Dick’s Op-Ed in Forum on the Arms Trade on Trump and Arms Sales

Three months into the Trump administration and President Trump has used arms sales to support security priorities and demonstrate a commitment to industry. Yet it remains unclear how and to what extent arms sales will be used as a tool of Trump’s forei…

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Rachel Stohl and Shannon Dick’s Op-Ed in U.S. News & World Report on Trump’s Arms Sales Policy

In less than 100 days, President Donald J. Trump’s approach toward arms sales is slowly coming into focus. The Trump administration’s preliminary 2018 budget proposal – which includes a 28 percent cut in funding for the Department of State and proposed…

Commentary
A New U.S. Drone Policy?

U.S. drone policy under President Donald Trump is slowly coming into focus, despite the absence of any new executive orders or regulations.  However, we can begin to assess the ways in which President Trump plans to utilize drones in his administr…

Commentary
Before Drones Sold to Jordan and UAE, Safeguards Needed

Last week, a bipartisan group of congressmen sent a letter requesting the Trump administration approve sales of Reaper drones to Jordan and the United Arab Emirates. If the sale goes forward, certain conditions will be necessary to ensure U.S. interest…

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Rachel Stohl and Dan Manhanty’s Op-Ed in Defense News on Drones Sales

Last week, a bipartisan group of congressmen sent a letter requesting the Trump administration approve sales of Reaper drones to Jordan and the United Arab Emirates. If the sale goes forward, certain conditions will be necessary to ensure U.S. interest…

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Rachel Stohl’s Op-Ed in Forum on the Arms Trade on U.S. Drone Policy

U.S. drone policy under President Donald Trump is slowly coming into focus, despite the absence of any new executive orders or regulations.  However, we can begin to assess the ways in which President Trump plans to utilize drones in his administr…

Impact
Confronting the Tragic Reality of the Use of Child Soldiers

Providing guidance to evaluate U.S. policy and help encourage countries to end the use of children in combat around the world.

Commentary
Trump Drone Policy Taking Shape

Less than two months after taking office, U.S. President Donald Trump’s approach to drone strikes appears to be taking shape. Although the Trump Administration has yet to articulate a comprehensive drone policy, recent actions and reports demonstrate T…

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Rachel Stohl’s Op-Ed in The Cipher Brief on Trump’s Drone Policy

Less than two months after taking office, U.S. President Donald Trump’s approach to drone strikes appears to be taking shape. Although the Trump Administration has yet to articulate a comprehensive drone policy, recent actions and reports demonstrate T…

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Rachel Stohl quoted in Defense News on Armed Drones

WASHINGTON – In the waning days of the Obama administration, the U.S. State Department teamed with over 40 nations to issue a joint declaration on the use and export of armed drones. -snip- Adds Rachel Stohl, an arms control expert with the Stimson Cen…

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Conventional Defense Program Research cited in The New York Times on Growing Popularity of Lawfare

A little over a year ago, Benjamin Wittes, the editor in chief of the blog Lawfare, made the case that Donald Trump, as a Republican presidential candidate, represented nothing less than a national-security threat.  -snip- Lawfare w…

Commentary
Trump’s Opportunity to Support Transparency, Accountability on the Conventional Arms Trade

Editor’s note: This analysis is part of 2017 Presidential Inbox — an ongoing Stimson Center series examining the major global challenges and opportunities the Trump administration faces during its first 100 days in office. Click here to read…

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Rachel Stohl quoted in the Cipher Brief on Arms Trade

As President Barack Obama heads out of office, he leaves behind an unexpected legacy: as arms exporter-in-chief. “The Obama administration has made more major arms sales, by value, than any other administration in the history of the United States,” Wil…

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Rachel Stohl interviewed in BBC on US Drone Program

When Donald Trump takes office, he will inherit sweeping powers to kill terrorists and militants. And he is likely to do it by deploying what the US Air Force call Remotely Piloted Aircraft, but which go by a more common name – drones. Listen to t…

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Rachel Stohl’s Op-ed in Just Security on The Drone Memos

There are a lot of books about drones. In addition to fictionalized accounts of drone use and technical manuals, numerous policy books have been written that describe drone technology, proliferation, and use. Jameel Jaffer’s The Drone Memos, is a…

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Rachel Stohl quoted in LA Times on Obama’s latest push for transparency

President Obama is making a push for transparency in his last days in office before handing off the vast counter-terrorism apparatus he has built to President-elect Donald Trump, starting with a major address Tuesday defen…

Commentary
Rachel Stohl’s Influential Drones Work Recognized by Prospect Magazine

Prospect magazine in the United Kingdom recognized Stimson Senior Associate Rachel Stohl’s innovative work on drone policy in their 16th annual Think Tank Awards, held this week in the Speaker’s rooms inside the House of Commons in London. The Prospect…

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Stimson’s “Disclosing the Drone Program” event cited in Defense One’s D-Brief

Baghdad’s elite Golden Division special forces say they are 3.5 kms from the Tigris river that splits Mosul in two, Iraqi news reports this morning. Progress has been slower as the forces chip away at Islamic State defenses around the ci…

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Rachel Stohl’s drones work honored in Prospect 2016 Think Tank Awards

It is hard to remember a year like it. Brexit, the collapse of the David Cameron’s government and now the election of Donald Trump have sent the political world into a spin. By any measure, 2016 will go down as the graveyard of orthodoxy. The populist…

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Rachel Stohl quoted in Arms Control Association on rules for armed drones trade

The United States has won support from almost 50 countries for an initiative intended to “ensure the responsible export and subsequent use” of armed drones. Absent from the list are key supplier states such as China and Israel and important buyers such…

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Rachel Stohl op-ed in The Cipher Brief on drones and the law of armed conflict

Over the last eight years, President Barack Obama’s counterterrorism policy has in large part been defined by drone strikes against a number of terrorist targets around the world. Indeed, the U.S. drone program is a global enterprise, with bases in at…

Commentary
Drones: A Challenge to the Law of Armed Conflict

Over the last eight years, President Barack Obama’s counterterrorism policy has in large part been defined by drone strikes against a number of terrorist targets around the world. Indeed, the U.S. drone program is a global enterprise, with bases in at…

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Rachel Stohl quoted in McGill International Review on drone strikes

There’s the occasional headliner that promises the game-changing targeted killing of important figures in leading terrorist organizations, but is the use of drone strikes in Middle Eastern regions really an effective technique in dismantling and destro…

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Rachel Stohl quoted in Military Times on US security assistance and arms sales to the Philippines

With much of the United States’ national security focus centered on the Middle East, one senator is speaking out about the rise of Islamic State group sympathizers in Southeast Asia and the long-term problems that could cause if left unchecked.  -…

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Rachel Stohl quoted in Drone Wars UK on the armed drones control process

Details of a US-initiated proposed control agreement on the export and use of armed drones have been announced. The Joint Declaration on the Export and Subsequent Use of Armed or Strike-Enabled Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), signed by 48 na…

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Rachel Stohl quoted in The Washington Examiner on new drone export rules

“Soft language” in a new agreement governing international armed drone exports could give foreign companies an advantage over U.S. industry, according to analysts. The administration on Wednesday announced that 44 nations had signed a joint declaration…

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Rachel Stohl quoted in The Washington Examiner on new drone export rules

“Soft language” in a new agreement governing international armed drone exports could give foreign companies an advantage over U.S. industry, according to analysts. -snip- Rachel Stohl, a senior associate at the Stimson Center, said U.S. companies are o…

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Rachel Stohl quoted in teleSUR on normalization of global drone use

While the U.S. initiated a 45-country declaration on drone use, its use of drones has killed an increasing number of civilians around the world. On the same day that human rights groups called for an investigation into 10 U.S. drone strikes which repor…

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Rachel Stohl quoted in Foreign Policy on the recent announcement of an international set of standards for drone use and sale

Fight night. In Tuesday night’s vice presidential debate, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence went to work as attack dogs for their respective campaigns, with Kaine pushing hard to make the case that Trump is a dangerous…

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Rachel Stohl cited in Ottawa Citizen on US declaration on rules for armed drones

Canada has signed on to a U.S. declaration that is aimed at creating international rules for the use of armed drones. But some critics have dismissed the proposal as a way for the U.S. to move focus away from its aggressive campaign to use the unmanned…

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Rachel Stohl quoted in Sputnik News on U.S. declaration on drone use and sale

The White House is set to release a joint declaration signed by 40 countries regarding the import and export of unmanned armed weapons systems, a document it is calling a first step toward establishing global norms for such systems. The one-page “Joint…

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Rachel Stohl quoted in Defense News on U.S. declaration on drone use and sale

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has lined up more than 40 countries who have agreed to a joint declaration on the import and export of armed unmanned systems, in what the US State Department is billing as the first step toward creating…

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Rachel Stohl Statement: The Obama Administration’s New Declaration on Export and Use of Drones

As the Obama administration is set to release today a new joint declaration with more than 40 countries on the export and use of drones, Rachel Stohl, Director of the Conventional Defense program at the Stimson Center, released the following statement:…

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New Draft on Drone Export Rules ‘More Problematic’ Than Original

By Rachel Stohl:  Last month, Defense News broke the story of US efforts to negotiate a joint declaration for the export and subsequent use of armed, or “strike-enabled,” drones. Now, a revised version of the declaration is circulating a…

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Obama’s Lost Opportunity on Child Soldiers

By Rachel Stohl and Shannon Dick:  This week, the Obama administration issued the final waivers under the Child Soldier Prevention Act. The waivers will allow seven governments to continue to receive U.S. military assistance and weapons despite ev…

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The Pitfalls of the Pentagon Taking the Lead on U.S. Security Assistance

Burkina Faso, a small West African country that most Americans have never heard of and that saw a popular uprising in 2014 and attempted coup a year later, has received more than $4 million in the past 10 years to help professionalize its military. How…

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Rachel Stohl op-ed in Defense News on drone export rules

Last month, Defense News broke the story of US efforts to negotiate a joint declaration for the export and subsequent use of armed, or “strike-enabled,” drones. Now, a revised version of the declaration is circulating and sources report it wi…

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Rachel Stohl and Shannon Dick op-ed in US News and World Report on child soldiers

This week, the Obama administration issued the final waivers under the Child Soldier Prevention Act. The waivers will allow seven governments to continue to receive U.S. military assistance and weapons despite evidence of their recruitment and use of c…

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Rocky or Rock Solid? The U.S.-Philippine Military Relationship

By Rachel Stohl and Max Estevao: The June 2016 election of Rodrigo Duterte as president of the Philippines has generated surprising new hostilities between the island nation and its former colonizer-turned-ally, the United States. Between insulting Pre…

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Foreign Policy Interrupted features Rachel Stohl, Lovely Umayam’s Exceptional Work

Stimson Center Senior Associate Rachel Stohl and Research Analyst Lovely Umayam had their exceptional work featured by Foreign Policy Interrupted (FPI). FPI’s Interruptor series highlights women making an extraordinary impact on the most pressing forei…

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Rachel Stohl quoted in Washington Post on child soldiers

President Obama will leave office having failed to use the tools at his disposal to make significant progress on getting child soldiers off the battlefield. That’s the consensus among human rights groups who point to the fact that for six con…

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Expert Analysis: Confronting Transnational Challenges at UN and Beyond

As President Obama addressed the U.N. General Assembly today for his eighth and final time, experts from the nonpartisan Stimson Center analyze the remarks as well as U.S. and U.N. efforts to confront 21st century transnational threats: Aditi Gorur, Di…

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Rachel Stohl op-ed in World Politics Review on the Pentagon

Burkina Faso, a small West African country that most Americans have never heard of and that saw a popular uprising in 2014 and attempted coup a year later, has received more than $4 million in the past 10 years to help professionalize its military. How…

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Block U.S. Arm Sales to Stop Indiscriminate Bombing in Yemen

Last week, a bipartisan quarter of senators — Rand Paul, Chris Murphy, Al Franken, and Mike Lee — introduced a joint resolution to block the $1.15 billion sale of Abrams tanks and other major defense articles to Saudi Arabia in light of concerns a…

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Rachel Stohl and Shannon Dick op-ed in Breaking Defense on US arms sales to Saudi Arabia

Last week, a bipartisan quarter of senators — Rand Paul, Chris Murphy, Al Franken, and Mike Lee — introduced a joint resolution to block the $1.15 billion sale of Abrams tanks and other major defense articles to Saudi Arabia in light of concerns a…

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Second Arms Trade Treaty Conference of States Parties: Big on Process, Light on Substance

By Rachel Stohl: In a meeting that symbolized a stark contrast between the humanitarian crises occurring around the world and the comfortable and scenic gathering of governments committed to stopping irresponsible arms transfers, more than 500 people r…

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No Further Excuses: Report from Arms Trade Treaty Conference

For the last week, I have sat in a comfortable room in Geneva, along the lake with a picturesque view of the Alps. Joining 500 other representatives of governments, industry, international organizations and civil society, I had come for the Second Conf…

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Lessons Learned on Arms Trade Treaty Implementation

By Rachel Stohl: As the Second Conference of States Parties (CSP2) for the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) gets underway in Geneva, Switzerland this week, the Arms Trade Treaty-Baseline Assessment Project (ATT-BAP) is launching a new report that reviews ATT im…

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Arms Trade Treaty Workshop cited in The Island Sun

The Government is leading the fight against weapons by taking steps to strengthen the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Police and National Security Mr Edmond Sikua said the government through the ministry of police p…

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Rachel Stohl and Shannon Dick op-ed in The Hill on Child Soldiers in South Sudan

This month marks the fifth anniversary of South Sudan’s independence and the country appears to be on the verge civil war — again. July has been marred by renewed violence and numerous reports of human rights abuses committed by both government and reb…

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Aditi Gorur and Rachel Stohl op-ed in Foreign Affairs on Protecting Civilians in South Sudan

South Sudan’s fragile peace is falling apart. Five years after the country gained independence, it is on the brink of a return to civil war. The international community, which has already invested a great deal in supporting the nascent state, is runnin…

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Two Options for South Sudan

By Aditi Gorur and Rachel Stohl: South Sudan’s fragile peace is falling apart. Five years after the country gained independence, it is on the brink of a return to civil war. The international community, which has already invested a great deal in suppor…

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President Obama’s Last Chance on Child Soldiers in South Sudan

By Shannon Dick and Rachel Stohl:  This month marks the fifth anniversary of South Sudan’s independence and the country appears to be on the verge civil war — again. July has been marred by renewed violence and numerous reports of human rights abu…

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Stimson’s Grading Progress on US Drone Policy Report cited in the Anniston Star

During the Obama administration, more than 500 unmanned drone strikes were responsible for the estimated deaths of 3,040 terrorists and 391 civilians in three countries: Yemen, Pakistan and Somalia. Those figures are from 2009 until the early part of 2…

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FPI Interruptor Series, No 33: Rachel Stohl

It’s been three years since the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Arms Trade Treaty, an agreement that aims to regulate the international trade of conventional weapons in order to curb the illicit trade of arms and ammunition. The internation…

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The Feds Just Put the US Back in the Global Drone Race

AFTER MONTHS OF delays and much anticipation, the Federal Aviation Administration finally released its final rule on small drones. The rule represents an important, long-delayed step toward establishing comprehensive regulations for…

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Rachel Stohl and Shannon Dick Op-Ed in Wired on FAA Drone Regulation

AFTER MONTHS OF delays and much anticipation, the Federal Aviation Administration finally released its final rule on small drones. The rule represents an important, long-delayed step toward establishing comprehensive regulations for…

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Rachel Stohl quoted in Defense News on the future of U.S. security assistance

WASHINGTON — The US government’s military foreign-assistance programs are facing a quiet but consequential overhaul that has State Department officials privately balking at proposed changes to the division of labor between Foggy Bottom and the Pentagon…

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Halfway to Transparency on Drone Strikes

More than three years after promising greater transparency over the U.S. lethal drone program, the Obama administration took a significant if belated step towards that goal. Late on a Friday afternoon before the long Fourth of July weekend, t…

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Rachel Stohl quoted in Agenzia Nova on Drone Data Transparency

La promessa dell’impiego di droni d’attacco a fini militari è sempre stata quella della massima precisione a fronte del minimo rischio per il personale militare: l’introduzione dei droni armati avrebbe dovuto consentire agli Usa di neutralizzare terror…

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Rachel Stohl quoted in Russia Today Deutsch on Drone Transparency

Die US-Regierung hat erstmals offiziell Daten über die Zahl der bei geheimen Drohnenschlägen getöteten Zivilisten veröffentlicht. Menschenrechtsorganisationen und Analyse-Portale hinterfragen diese Angaben. Sie schätzen die tatsächlichen Zahlen getötet…

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Rachel Stohl quoted in The New York Times on Drone Data Transparency

The promise of the armed drone has always been precision: The United States could kill just the small number of dangerous terrorists it wanted to kill, leaving nearby civilians unharmed. But the Obama administration’s unprecedented release last we…

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Rachel Stohl quoted in Foreign Policy on Drone Data Transparency

The Obama administration opened a small window on the lethality of its drone program Friday, for the first time offering a rough estimate of the number of civilians killed in counterterrorism air raids. But the death toll estimate continues to obscure…

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Analysis: Obama Administration’s Release of Drone Casualty Data, Executive Order

In light of the Obama administration’s release today of casualty data that indicated the U.S. drone program has killed an estimated 64 to 116 civilians outside of traditional war zones — as well as an Executive Order addressing civilian casualties in U…

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Afghanistan Missing from Obama Administration’s Annual Child Soldiers List

By Rachel Stohl and Elizabeth Peartree:  Today, the State Department released its annual list of countries that are known to use or support the use of child soldiers. What is most notable this year is not who is included on the list, but rather wh…

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Rachel Stohl quoted in The Cipher Brief on FAA Commercial Drone Regulations

The Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday released the first operational rules for the commercial use of drones, a move experts say will help stoke business and innovation even as it leaves a number of critical issues unresolved. -snip- “The Europ…

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Rachel Stohl op-ed in Bulletin of Atomic Scientists on transparency in the US drone program

During the Obama presidency, the US drone program has been a topic of significant debate, with critics calling into question the program’s overall efficacy and highlighting the threat lethal drones pose to innocent civilians. Civilian casualties have r…

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It’s Time for Transparency in the US Lethal Drone Program

By Rachel Stohl:  During the Obama presidency, the U.S. drone program has been a topic of significant debate, with critics calling into question the program’s overall efficacy and highlighting the threat lethal drones pose to innocent civilians. C…

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Grading Progress on U.S. Drone Policy report cited in Black Christian News

Twenty-eight faith leaders from Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Muslim and Sikh traditions today sent an Interfaith Letter on Drone Warfare to President Barak Obama. -snip- A recent report from the Stimson Center gave previous efforts to reform…

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Rachel Stohl intervewed in Foreign Policy Interrupted on Arms Trade Treaty

It’s been three years since the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Arms Trade Treaty, an agreement that aims to regulate the international trade of conventional weapons in order to curb the illicit trade of arms and ammunition. The internation…

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Grading Progress on U.S. Drone Policy report cited in Pakistan Observer

The correct legal categorization of the conflict ( keeping in view, the Law of Armed Conflict) with AlQaeda is not obvious. It is plainly not a civil war or other ‘ internal’ armed conflict, such as the conflicts to which Additional Protocol II paradig…

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Rachel Stohl quoted in Russia Today on U.S. Drone Policy

The Obama administration’s drone strike policies around the world have “blown accountability and oversight and checks and balances up in smoke,” a US Army chaplain who left the military in April told RT in an interview. In a letter to President Barack…

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The ATT and Transparency

Increasing transparency and oversight of the international arms trade are at the heart of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). Under the ATT, States Parties have three reporting obligations. First, States Parties must provide a one-off report that outline…

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Stimson Grading Drone Policy Report cited in Washington Post on Obama Administration Report on War Death Tolls

As the Obama administration prepares to publish a long-delayed accounting of how many militants and noncombatant civilians it has killed since 2009, its statistics may be defined as much by what is left out as by what is included. -snip- The totals wil…

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Drones Proliferation event cited in Foreign Policy

We’ll throw down. There’s a fight brewing over the 2017 Defense Department budget, and right in the middle of the scrum is how to use the $58 billion the White House has set aside to pay for military operations in Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan. -sn…

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Drone Proliferation event and MIRV book launch cited in Defense One

Iraq’s death toll rose past 140 this week after two bombings hit predominantly Shiite neighborhoods around the capital, killing at least 54 and wounding another nearly 100, AP reports: “In an online statement, IS claimed r…

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Drone Proliferation event cited in Politico

-snip- Tuesday: The National Transportation Safety Board holds a meeting to determine the probable cause of the Philadelphia Amtrak passenger train derailment. The Association of Equipment Manufacturers hosts a discussion on the future of infrastr…

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“Eye in the Sky” Captures Drone Policy for Filmgoers

Two young terrorist recruits are being fitted with suicide bombs in a home in the outskirts of Nairobi. High-value targets on the United States and United Kingdom kill lists share tea with them before they are suited up to make videos. The opportunity…

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Reflection on Obama’s Landmine Legacy

By Rachel Stohl and Shannon Dick:  April 4th is the Obama administration’s last International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action and thus provides an appropriate opportunity to reflect on the president’s landmine legacy. Presiden…

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Rachel Stohl quoted in Newsweek on missing manpads

-snip- Some observers suggest the administration gradually shifted its attention from finding the missing manpads to the war in Syria and the nuclear deal with Iran. “There was a huge flurry about the missiles right after the fall of Qaddafi,” recalls…

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Rachel Stohl interviewed in The Cipher Brief on Countering Drones

The Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) industry is growing rapidly, and this is causing some concern about individuals using UAVs for illicit purposes. The Cipher Brief spoke to Rachel Stohl, of the Stimson Center, about these concerns and the overall devel…

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Countering Drones

The Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) industry is growing rapidly, and this is causing some concern about individuals using UAVs for illicit purposes. The Cipher Brief spoke to Rachel Stohl, of the Stimson Center, about these concerns and the overall devel…

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Substance Lacking at Arms Trade Treaty Meeting in Geneva

By Racehl Stohl: Arms Trade Treaty States Parties, signatories, industry, and civil society representatives met in Geneva on February 29 for an Extraordinary Meeting to address the still undecided administrative issues plaguing the efficient and effect…

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Rachel Stohl’s Op-ed in Lawfare on Obama’s Drone Policy

In his May 2013 speech at National Defense University, President Obama called for new ways to think about drones and the United States’ policy on using these systems in counterterrorism operations. Now, nearly 3 years later, the Obama administration is…

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Grading the Obama Administration’s Progress on Drone Policy

In his May 2013 speech at National Defense University, President Obama called for new ways to think about drones and the United States’ policy on using these systems in counterterrorism operations. Now, nearly 3 years later, the Obama administration is…

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Obama Administration’s Poor Progress Reforming US Drone Policy

The Obama administration received poor grades — including three F’s — in a new report card released evaluating their progress made in implementing nonpartisan recommendations to reform U.S. drone policy. The report released by the nonpartisan Stimson C…

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Rachel Stohl quoted in Washington Post on a sensible US drone policy

Almost three years after President Obama highlighted the United States’ growing dependence on drone strikes to prosecute its wars, his administration’s policy on their use remains largely obscure, according to a new report published by t…

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Rachel Stohl quoted in Politico on US drone program

DOCUMENT DRAWER I — DRONE POLICY REPORT CARD: A new “report card” out today from the nonpartisan Stimson Center asserts that the Obama administration has made little progress — and in some cases has failed — to bring drone policy in line with U.S….

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Grading Progress on US Drone Policy

In June 2014, the Stimson Task Force on U.S. Drone Policy released its report and recommendations. The task force outlined eight concrete recommendations designed to ensure that U.S. drone policy is transparent, accountable, and consistent with long-te…

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Obama’s failing record on drones: Column

President Obama is on pace to leave a flawed legacy on America’s use of drones. Near the midway point of the president’s second term, a task force of senior military and intelligence officials from the Obama, George W. Bush and Clinton a…

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Rachel Stohl quoted in Agence France-Presse on US drone program transparency

According to a study by the Stimson Center, a Washington-based nonpartisan think tank, President Barack Obama’s administration has failed to provide basic transparency into the drone program that has become a keystone in America’s counterterrorism effo…

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Rachel Stohl quoted in Foreign Policy on use of US drone program

President Barack Obama has failed to fulfill his repeated promises to end the “culture of secrecy” that has defined his administration’s use of drones to target Islamist extremists overseas, according to a damning report issued Tuesday by a leading Was…

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Rachel Stohl quoted in NPR on lack of progress of US drone program

The Obama administration has made “virtually no progress” to increase transparency and accountability for its lethal drone program, a new report has concluded, with only months left to spare before the White House hands control of the targeted killing…

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Rachel Stohl’s Op-ed in USA Today on Obama’s failing record on drones

President Obama is on pace to leave a flawed legacy on America’s use of drones. Near the midway point of the president’s second term, a task force of senior military and intelligence officials from the Obama, George W. Bush and Clinton a…

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Analysis Of State Of The Union Address

Following last night’s State of the Union address — the last of Barack Obama’s presidency — experts from the nonpartisan Stimson Center analyze and provide context on the president’s remarks: Johan Bergenas, Director, Partnerships in Security…

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The Notorious Mr. Bout

By Rachel Stohl and Shannon Dick:  Referred to as the “Merchant of Death,” Viktor Bout provided weapons to some of the world’s deadliest conflicts for more than 20 years. Used by governments large and small, rebel groups, and other undesirable act…

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A Year On, States Aren’t Enforcing The Landmark Arms Trade Treaty

By Rachel Stohl:  Keeping weapons out of the wrong hands is good policy. In the wake of the tragic terrorist attacks in Paris, heightened attention has been paid to the illegal black-market networks that often arm terror groups and stoke conflict…

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Gottemoeller on reducing risk of landmines and remnants of war

Although significant progress has been made in the last fifteen years, thousands of people continue to be affected by landmines and explosive remnants of war. From preventing the safe use of land to inhibiting economic development and presenting risks…

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Rachel Stohl quoted in The Nation on Arms Control Policy with Turkey

On Sunday, Turkish voters went to the polls and handed the ruling AKP (Justice and Development Party) a resounding victory, restoring to it the majority it briefly let slip in the elections of this past June. In doing so, Turkey’s voters have taken the…

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To Walk the Earth in Safety

In 1997, governments around the world dedicated themselves to eliminating the threat of anti-personnel landmines by adopting the Mine Ban Treaty. Although the United States had initially called for such a ban in a speech to the United Nations General A…

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Arms Trade Treaty-Baseline Assessment Project Launches Online ATT Reporting Guidance

As the United Nations First Committee debates a range of resolutions related to disarmament and arms control this month in New York, the Arms Trade Treaty-Baseline Assessment Project (ATT-BAP) has launched an online training program to support governme…

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Rachel Stohl’s Op-ed in The National Interest on Drone Papers

Earlier this month, the Intercept released “The Drone Papers,” a series of reports that provide details on the U.S. drone program in Somalia and Yemen. The papers highlight a number of aspects regarding the United States’ use of armed dr…

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The Intercept’s “Drone Papers” Won’t Do Much for Transparency

Earlier this month, the Intercept released “The Drone Papers,” a series of reports that provide details on the U.S. drone program in Somalia and Yemen. The papers highlight a number of aspects regarding the United States’ use of armed dr…

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Canada should sign the arms trade treaty now

Among the likely explanations for the Liberals’ resounding election victory is that Canadians were drawn to Justin Trudeau’s promise to resume Canada’s proud tradition of global leadership through co-operation and compromise and to soundly reject the H…

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Brian Finlay and Rachel Stohl’s Op-ed in The Toronto Star on why Canada should sign the ATT

Among the likely explanations for the Liberals’ resounding election victory is that Canadians were drawn to Justin Trudeau’s promise to resume Canada’s proud tradition of global leadership through co-operation and compromise and to soundly reject the H…

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Ethics and Law

The Stimson Task Force on U.S. Drones Policy issued its report and recommendations in June 2014. The task force was supported by three expert working groups focused on different aspects of U.S. drones policy: ethics and law; export controls and regulat…

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Export Controls and Regulatory Challenges

The Stimson Task Force on U.S. Drones Policy issued its report and recommendations in June 2014. The task force was supported by three expert working groups focused on different aspects of U.S. drones policy: ethics and law; export controls and regulat…

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Military Utility, National Security, and Economics

The Stimson Task Force on U.S. Drones Policy issued its report and recommendations in June 2014. The task force was supported by three expert working groups focused on different aspects of U.S. drones policy: ethics and law; export controls and regulat…

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US Sends Wrong Message To Governments Using Child Soldiers

The Obama administration announced its determinations with respect to the Child Soldiers Prevention Act of 2008 on September 29, 2015 and again gave a pass to governments that routinely recruit and use child soldiers in their national militar…

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US must get tough over child soldiers

By Jo Becker and Rachel Stohl:  When the extremist group the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) abducts boys from Friday prayers at mosques or indoctrinates children as young as 10 to become fighters or suicide bombers, there is little the Uni…

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Rachel Stohl’s Op-ed in CNN on Child Soldiers

When the extremist group the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) abducts boys from Friday prayers at mosques or indoctrinates children as young as 10 to become fighters or suicide bombers, there is little the United States can do. But when recipient…

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Growing Commercial Potential

Over the past decade, drones have been increasingly relied upon in a growing number of strategic theaters by the United States as well as by other countries. The lethal use of drones is not well understood and evokes a backlash due to secrecy, primaril…

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Rachel Stohl quoted in The Washington Post on Syria

A U.S. contractor bought faulty grenades and then tried to sell them to the United States in order to fulfill a contract to arm Syrians participating in the Pentagon’s train and equip program for Syrian rebels, according to a Buzzfeed ne…

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Governments Punt on Transparency at Arms Trade Conference

At its core, the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) – the first international legally-binding treaty to regulate the international transfer of conventional arms – is about transparency of what has traditionally been an opaque and secretive trade. The fi…

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First Arms Trade Treaty Conference of States Parties Concludes in Cancun: Now the Real Work Begins

Amid much pomp and circumstance, the First Conference of States Parties (CSP) for the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) – the first legally binding international treaty to regulate the cross-border trade of conventional weapons – was held in Cancun, Mexico from…

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Arms Trade Treaty-Baseline Assessment Project Launches Two New Reports

Governments, industry, and civil society from around the world are meeting in Cancún, Mexico for the first Conference of States Parties of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). As the first legally-binding instrument to regulate the global trade in conventional…

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US Identifies Nigeria, Seven Additional Governments as Supporting the Use of Child Soldiers

Last week, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari visited Washington and criticized the Leahy Law and the restrictions it places on certain Nigerian military units’ ability to acquire weapons the government says are necessary to fight Boko Haram. Under th…

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Time Running Out to set Arms Trade Treaty up for Success

The final preparatory meeting for the First Conference of States Parties (CSP) for the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) – the first legally binding international treaty regulating the cross-border trade of conventional weapons – was held in Geneva, Sw…

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A Transatlantic Drones Dialogue: Towards International Standards

On the same day that President Obama announced that a U.S. drone strike in January killed two humanitarian aid workers — American Warren Weinstein and Italian Giovanni Lo Porto — the Stimson Center and the Heinrich Boell Foundation hosted a seminar to…

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Rachel Stohl quoted in the Forum on the Arms Trade on ATT conferences

On August 24-27, Mexico will host the First Conference of the State Parties (CSP) to the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). This is an important high-profile meeting aimed at establishing the permanent headquarters and a secretariat for the ATT. It is noteworthy…

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Rachel Stohl quoted in the Epoch Times on U.S. rules for drone transfers

The United States is considered one of, if not the go-to nation when conflict strikes somewhere on the globe. The U.S. provides billions of dollars of monetary and military aid to partner nations to address security concerns and to quell threats. By mo…

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Rachel Stohl interviewed in the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs on weapons trade

Following a panel discussion on the Arms Trade Treaty, which entered into force in December 2014, hosted by the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University, the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs sat down with Rachel Stohl, S…

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Regulating the international Trade in Conventional Weapons: Five Minutes with Rachel Stohl

Following a panel discussion on the Arms Trade Treaty, which entered into force in December 2014, hosted by the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University, the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs sat down with Rache…

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Rachel Stohl quoted in Just Security on public debate about U.S. drone policies

As regular JS readers know, I’ve published several posts here on the costs-to the public, and to the government-of one prominent aspect of the U.S.’s use of so-called “covert action,” namely, the practice of not officially acknowledging, or discussing,…

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The Foreign Policy Essay: Just How Effective is the U.S. Drone Program Anyway?

Editor’s Note: Drones and their use have long fascinated and frustrated many of us atLawfare. Part of the fascination stems from the new ground being broken, both technologically and especially at the policy level. The frustration, however, c…

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Op-ed by Rachel Stohl in Lawfare on the effectiveness of the U.S. Drone Program

On April 23, President Obama addressed the nation to reveal a tragic mistake that killed two humanitarian aid workers, American Warren Weinstein and Italian Giovanni Lo Porto. In his remarks, President Obama stated that “Based on information and intell…

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Progress Made, Difficult Decisions Remain As Governments Conclude Arms Trade Treaty Meeting

The latest round of high-level meetings on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) – the world’s first treaty regulating transfers of conventional weapons concluded — and while progress was made, difficult decisions still remain. The government of Austria hosted a…

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Rachel Stohl Quoted In Huffington Post On Control Of US Drone Program

WASHINGTON — After last week’s tragic news that an errant CIA drone strike had mistakenly taken out an American and an Italian hostage in Pakistan, critics of the spies’ program — who have long argued the targeted killings should strictly f…

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Exercising Restraint? The New U.S. Rules for Drone Transfers

On February 5, Representative Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) urged the Obama administration to reverse its decision to deny a Jordanian request for unarmed Predator XP drones to fight the Islamic State. Until the release of Hunter’s letter, the denial of the…

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Rachel Stohl Quoted In Newsmax On The US Drone Program

Thursday’s revelations by the Obama administration that two hostages had been accidentally killed in a drone attack in Pakistan served as a stark reminder that despite his pledge to end the wars Iraq and Afghanistan, America finds itself more, not less…

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Rachel Stohl Quoted In Christian Science Monitor On Drone Accountability

Barack Obama became commander in chief vowing to end America’s foreign wars as quickly as possible. Instead, he found those politically unpopular wars in Iraq and Afghanistan shifting into something else – violent conflict with different boundaries (or…

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All The President’s Drones: Obama’s Targeted-Killing Problem

When the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released its “torture report” in December 2014, it reignited the battle over the George W. Bush administration’s conduct of the “war on terror.” Unfortunately, the interrogation program was not an anomal…

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Yemen: What’s At Stake For The United States?

On January 22, Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi and his cabinet resigned under pressure from Houthi rebels — a Shi’a-backed group from northern Yemen — after the group seized much of the capital as well as the presidential palace. The diss…

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The Age of Drones

The increased U.S. reliance on unmanned aerial systems (UAS), more colloquially known as “drones,” has been controversial in the United States and around the world. Although drones have many peaceful applications, most policy attention is focused on th…

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First Formal Arms Trade Treaty Preparatory Meeting held in Port of Spain, Trinidad

After an absence from a previous key meeting, the United Sates returned to the international effort to prepare for the effective implementation of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) last week in Port of Spain, Trinidad. A U.S. delegation joined nearly 90 gove…

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What Obama’s Drone Export Policy Really Means

By Peter Lichtenbaum and Rachel Stohl:  It seems like drones are everywhere in Washington. A drone landed on the White House lawn, the Federal Aviation Administration released regulations for small commercial drones in U.S. airspace, and, mos…

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Using Military Assistance to Combat the Use of Child Soldiers

Are we doing enough to prevent the use of child soldiers? Rachel Stohl and Shannon Dick have their doubts. While UN resolutions and national legislation are a step in the right direction, they don’t address the little stressed impact that military assi…

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Using Military Assistance to Combat the Use of Child Soldiers

It has been almost one year since Leila Zerrougui, the Special Representative of the U.N. Secretary-General for Children in Armed Conflict, launched the “Children, Not Soldiers” campaign. This two year effort “seeks to galvanize support to end and prev…

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Are drones constrained?

In the State of the Union address, President Barack Obama made a singular reference to unmanned aerial vehicles, more colloquially referred to as “drones.” During his remarks on American values, Obama said, “As Americans, we respect human dignity, even…

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US Must Take Lead in Tackling Arms Trade

ISIS, al Qaeda, weapons of mass destruction — it’s easy to understand why these threats to global stability consistently make the headlines. But it doesn’t take a nuclear device to devastate countries. While the international community has mobilized t…

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Rachel Stohl op-ed in CNN on US tackling arms trade

ISIS, al Qaeda, weapons of mass destruction — it’s easy to understand why these threats to global stability consistently make the headlines. But it doesn’t take a nuclear device to devastate countries. While the international community has mobilized t…

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Arms Trade Treaty Implementation Moves Forward in Berlin

The U.S. was notably absent last week as preparations continued for the effective implementation of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) in Berlin, Germany. The ATT, which establishes legal standards and criteria governing the global conventional arms trade, ha…

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The Arms Trade Treaty-Baseline Assessment Project: Initial Findings and Current State Practice

In two months the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) — the first global treaty to establish legally binding standards regulating the international trade in conventional arms — will become international law. Governments are now preparing to implement it by ensurin…

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Regulating the International Arms Trade

When the Stimson Center was founded twenty-five years ago, the global security environment was undergoing a major shift, generating new worries created by the end of the bi-polar world. As the Soviet Union dissolved and the proxy wars of the Cold War e…

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US Announces Important New Landmines Policy

Twenty years ago, then-President Bill Clinton gave a speech to the United Nations General Assembly calling on the world to eliminate anti-personnel landmines. When the world heeded his call in 1997 with the adoption of the Mine Ban Treaty, the United S…

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Arming Syrian Rebels: Deja Vu All Over Again

This week the Obama administration launched the bombing phase of the U.S. strategy with the goal of destroying the Islamic State. While results of the initial phase are still becoming clarified, it is another aspect of the strategy – the arming of mode…

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Arms Trade Treaty Reaches Major Milestone

The first global and legally binding treaty to regulate the cross-border trade in conventional weapons reached a major milestone today as 8 governments ratified the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), activating the countdown to its entry into force. Argentina, B…

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Arms Trade Treaty Moves Closer Towards Implementation

The first step towards the effective implementation of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) took place this week in Mexico City. Forty five countries around the world have already ratified the ATT, which requires governments to address the illegal and irrespons…

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Coordinating a global strategy for the international arms trade

On 17 July 2014, Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 crashed while flying over eastern Ukraine. While the specific details of the crash remain unclear, it is believed that the commercial airliner was struck by a surface-to-air antiaircraft missile of Russian…

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Rachel Stohl’s op-ed on the need for a global response to the arms trade published in ISN Zurich

On 17 July 2014, Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 crashed while flying over eastern Ukraine. While the specific details of the crash remain unclear, it is believed that the commercial airliner was struck by a surface-to-air antiaircraft missile of Russian…

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US still arming African governments that use child soldiers

By Rachel Stohl and Jessica Kosmider:  Fifty heads of state from African governments are meeting to conclude the U.S.-Africa Summit in Washington, DC today. Yet missing from the agenda seems to be an essential conversation concerning U.S. military…

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Ideas into action: An innovative project for effective Arms Trade Treaty implementation

The international trade in conventional weapons is a multi-billion dollar industry that is subject to a patchwork of national controls and regional agreements. The uncontrolled flow of weapons across borders not only contributes to hundreds of thousand…

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Rachel Stohl on KPFK, Background Briefing discussing Stimson Task Force on U.S. Drone Policy

We speak with Rachel Stohl, a senior associate with the Stimson Center and a co-author of their just-released “Recommendations and Report on the Stimson Task Force on U.S. Drone Policy”. She joins us to discuss the bipartisan panel of former senio…

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Rachel Stohl on NPR program Think Out Loud discussing Stimson Task Force on U.S. Drone Policy

The nonpartisan think tank, The Stimson Center, recently released their recommendations from a year-long task force on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) — otherwise known as drones. Rachel Stohl from the center led the project and co-…

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Good News, Bad News Story from US Landmines Announcement

Fifteen years after the Mine Ban Treaty entered into force, countries and people around the world are still threatened by the deadly scourge of landmines. To mark the anniversary, governments and civil society met in Maputo, Mozambique from June 23 – 2…

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Rachel Stohl featured in The National Interest discussing “The Great Drone Debate”

With the emergence of ISIS in Iraq, renewed attention has been given to the use of armed drones to permit greater U.S. intelligence gathering and tactical action, without necessitating U.S. boots on the ground. This is a popular position. A CBS Ne…

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The Great Drone Debate: Time to Move Past Fear and Confusion

With the emergence of ISIS in Iraq, renewed attention has been given to the use of armed drones to permit greater U.S. intelligence gathering and tactical action, without necessitating U.S. boots on the ground. This is a popular position. A CBS Ne…

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Recommendations and Report of the Stimson Task Force on US Drone Policy

The Stimson Task Force on US Drone Policy released its report and recommendations on June 26 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.  The report looks at the military and national security benefits of UAV technologies, analyzes the current U…

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Unauthorized Retransfers: A Challenge to Security and the Legitimate Arms Trade

By Rachel Stohl, Senior Associate, and Jessica Kosmider:  Have you ever wondered where Boko Haram, ISIS, pro-Russian Ukrainian separatists or Syrian rebels acquire their weapons? These non-state actors cannot use the same avenues as nati…

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The Arms Trade Treaty: Race to 50 Ratifications

June 3 marks the one year anniversary of the opening for signature of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) at the United Nations. In the “Race to 50,” forty countries have ratified the ATT and 118 have signed it. With many European ratifications expected this f…

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Ukraine tensions may deescalate, but country remains awash in weapons

By Rachel Stohl, Shannon Dick, and Devon Blount:  Amidst the drama of the Ukraine crisis, the issue of poorly regulated weapons caches there deserves more attention. As the country experiences internal tensions and uncertainty about Russia’s inten…

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US military assistance to Thailand

By Rachel Stohl, Shannon Dick, and Axelle Klincke: The United States is reviewing the entirety of its military assistance to Thailand in response to the May 22 coup, in which the Thai military suspended the constitution and took control of the governme…

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Proposed US Arms Sales to Egypt Could Test New Conventional Arms Policy

While Egypt prepares for presidential elections on May 26-27, 2014, the Obama administration and the US Congress are debating whether to reinstate military assistance to the country amid continued unrest and violence. The Obama administration originall…

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A Tribute to Don Mahley

On March 1, Ambassador Don Mahley, the formidable State department nonproliferation negotiator, passed away at his home in Vienna, VA. Don, who had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in February 2012, served as the chief US negotiator on the ATT. I…

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Rachel Stohl’s op-ed on the new US Arms Transfer Policy is published in Arms Control Today

On January 15, 2014, the United States released a document describing its new policy governing transfers of conventional weapons. The policy revision was long overdue, as the new publicly released document, Presidential Policy Directive 27 (PPD-27), re…

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United States Releases New Arms Transfer Policy

The United States released a new conventional arms transfer policy earlier this year that updates and refreshes the policy for 21st century realities. Questions surrounding U.S. arms sales to Egypt and other Arab countries during the Arab Spring, when…

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Obama Administration Urged to Release Landmine Policy Review

In advance of the 15th anniversary of the entry into force of the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on Their Destruction – more commonly referred to as the “Ottawa Convention” or…

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The Arms Trade Treaty – Just the Facts

The United States signed the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) on Sept. 25 at the United Nations in N.Y. The treaty opened for signature on June 3 and now has 114 signatories. The ATT breaks new ground by establishing common international standards that must be…

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The Other Side of Drones: Saving Wildlife in Africa and Managing Global Crime

On 23 May 2013, poachers brutally killed a rhinoceros in Lake Nakuru National park, Kenya. Three days later, poachers attacked and killed two rhinoceroses in two separate incidents: at Solio Ranch near Nyeri in central Kenya, and at Ngulia Rhino Sanctu…

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Rachel Stohl is interviewed on Left Voices on US signing the Arms Trade Treaty

On Wednesday Secretary of State John Kerry signed the Arms Trade Treaty, an international agreement to control cross-border trade in a wide range of conventional weapons. We speak with Rachel Stohl, a senior associate at the Stimson Center and a former…

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Rachel Stohl and Daryl Kimball in The Christian Science Monitor on US signature on Arms Trade Treaty

Amid the headline-grabbing events at the United Nations this week – President Obama’s speech to the UN General Assembly, the Security Council’s vote on Syria, and the first visit of Iran’s new President Hassan Rouhani – another significant event took p…

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US signature on Arms Trade Treaty will help end wars and protect civilians

By Rachel Stohl and Daryl G. Kimball – Amid the headline-grabbing events at the United Nations this week – President Obama’s speech to the UN General Assembly, the Security Council’s vote on Syria, and the first visit of Iran’s new Presi…

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Rachel Stohl is interviewed on Free Speech Radio News on US signing the Arms Trade Treaty

As world leaders met at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, US Secretary of State John Kerry signed the Arms Trade Treaty, calling it a “significant step” toward global security. Passed by the UN last April, the treaty is designed to track…

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Killing Lions, Buying Bombs

President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton recently stepped up the fight against poachers, who kill tens of thousands of animals worldwide every year, selling their body parts for enormous profits. As well as bringing much nee…

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An op-ed on poaching by Johan Bergenas, Rachel Stohl and Ochieng Adala is published in the NY Times

President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton recently stepped up the fight against poachers, who kill tens of thousands of animals worldwide every year, selling their body parts for enormous profits. As well as bringing much nee…

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Johan Bergenas and Rachel Stohl op-ed on unarmed drones is published in the IBTimes

President Barack Obama’s use of armed drones to kill terrorists has dominated the debate about unmanned aerial vehicles, while comparatively little attention has been given to non-weaponized drones. Yet these unarmed drones may be even more important t…

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Unarmed Drones Can Strengthen US and African Security

President Barack Obama’s use of armed drones to kill terrorists has dominated the debate about unmanned aerial vehicles, while comparatively little attention has been given to non-weaponized drones. Yet these unarmed drones may be even more important t…

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Arms Twisting – Why Won’t Obama Sign His Own Weapons Treaty Next Week?

Amid a rash of negative press and continued controversies, the Obama administration has an opportunity next week to celebrate an important foreign policy victory. On June 3, representatives of governments from around the world will come together to sig…

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Rachel Stohl’s op-ed on the Arms Trade Treaty is published in Foreign Policy

Amid a rash of negative press and continued controversies, the Obama administration has an opportunity next week to celebrate an important foreign policy victory. On June 3, representatives of governments from around the world will come together to sig…

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Tell the Truth About the Arms Treaty

On April 2, the United States joined an overwhelming majority of countries at the United Nations in voting to adopt a treaty regulating the international trade in conventional weapons – a monumental achievement after seven years of diplomacy, lobbying…

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Rachel Stohl’s op ed on the Arms Trade Treaty featured in NY Times

In today’s New York Times, in an op-ed titled, “Tell the Truth About the Arms Treaty,” Rachel lays out the case for the U.S. to sign and ratifify the ATT — an international treaty that aims to keep arms out of the hands of warlords and terrorists…

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Rachel Stohl discusses Arms Trade Treaty on the Takeaway Program

Rachel Stohl was interviewed by John Hockenberry on the Takeaway Program on the importance of the overwhelming approval of the Arms Trade Treaty. Click here to listen.

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Arms Trade Treaty Negotiations Set to Resume at United Nations

This week in New York diplomats will meet to try to finally agree on some rules to govern the international arms trade. The much anticipated result would be a legally binding Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). The ATT would develop the highest possible common in…

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UN Committee Criticizes Obama Administration’s Use Of Child Soldiers’ Waivers

As the conflict in Mali wages on, reports from the frontlines reveal that the al-Qaeda linked Northern Mali rebels have conscripted child soldiers into their ranks. These reports reflect the persistence of a gross human rights violation in military con…

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Alison Giffen and Rachel Stohl publish op-ed in

Alison Giffen and Rachel Stohl published an op-ed in Politico on Arming Syrian Rebels. Click here to read the full op-ed.

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Arming Syrian Rebels is a Bad Idea

In this week’s presidential debate on the U.S. role in the world, the candidates were asked if the United States should reassess its policy toward Syria. The candidates’ sympathetic position on helping rebels fight against the Syrian regime diverged sh…

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Obama Administration Again Misses Opportunity on Child Soldiers

On September 28, after a week in which the President touted the tragedy of human slavery at the United Nations, the Obama administration released its Presidential Determination with regard to the Child Soldiers Prevention Act (CSPA) of 2008.  For…

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Arms Trade Treaty Negotiations Set to Begin

By Rachel Stohl – Two weeks ago, US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton warned Russia about sales of attack helicopters to Syria, saying that the shipment of new weapons “will escalate the conflict quite dramatically.” While it seems obvious that sales o…

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Establishing The Baseline – The Arms Trade Treaty, One Year Later

By Rachel Stohl:  The landscape for the global conventional arms trade changed dramatically a year ago when the UN General Assembly adopted the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) on April 2, 2013, by a vote of 154-3-23. In less than a year since the ATT open…

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Brian Finlay and Rachel Stohl published in The Hill on the illicit trafficking of arms

Managing Across Boundaries Director Brian Finlay and Fellow Rachel Stohl were published in The Hill, writing on the heels of the conclusion of notorious arms dealer Viktor Bout’s trial. The authors emphasize the need for global stan…

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Libya’s Missing Weapons

By Rachel Stohl – When ousted Libyan President Muammar Gadhafi was killed on October 20, 2011, many observers celebrated the end of his brutal regime. Yet the legacy of four decades in power will be felt for years to come-and perhaps no more so than vi…

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Viktor Bout, Small Arms, And “War Redefined”

War Redefined, the capstone of a five-part series televised by PBS, challenges the conventional wisdom that war and peace are men’s domain through incisive interviews with leading thinkers, Secretaries of State, and seasoned survivors of war and peace-…

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Obama Administration Supports Child Soldier Use, Again

Earlier this month, the Obama administration again disappointed human rights groups and the Hill when it decided to grant national security waivers to governments identified by the State Department’s Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report as using and rec…

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