Ryan Fletcher

Research Associate

Conventional Defense

Ryan Fletcher is a Research Associate with the Conventional Defense Program at the Stimson Center. 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. Previously, Ryan worked as a Program Associate at the Public International Law and Policy Group, where he managed logistics for the organization’s peace negotiations, war crimes and human rights documentation, and post-conflict constitution drafting work.


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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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…