Ryan Fletcher

Research Associate

Conventional Defense

Ryan Fletcher is a Research Associate with the Conventional Defense Program at the Stimson Center. His research focuses on the global arms trade, the use and export of armed drones, the provision of military assistance to governments that use and recruit child soldiers, and the development of international norms and standards to regulate the trade in and use of conventional weapons. Prior to joining Stimson, Ryan worked as a Program Associate for the Public International Law and Policy Group. He holds an M.A. in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School and a B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy from George Washington University.


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

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Will Biden have courage on child soldiers?

The administration’s first real opportunity to demonstrate its commitment to protecting the world’s most vulnerable population lies ahead.

Opportunities to Regulate Conventional Arms in the Middle East and Horn of Africa

This article was originally published in the Manara Magazine.

Looking Ahead – Child Soldiers

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

Stimson in the News
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…

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