Conventional Defense

Conventional Defense

The Conventional Defense program engages governments, the private sector, and civil society to promote effective policies that mitigate the consequences of illegal or irresponsible arms transfers while ensuring that legitimate trade is not impeded. The Conventional Defense program is part of the Managing Across Boundaries initiative.

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Research and Analysis

February 15, 2017 | EXPERT: Laicie Heeley

The world has entered a new era of “gray zone” conflicts, ongoing shadow wars that present great strategic risk to the United States and the international community.

February 6, 2017 | EXPERT: Rachel Stohl

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. 

December 1, 2016 | EXPERT: Rachel Stohl

Prospect magazine in the United Kingdom recognized Stimson Senior Associate Rachel Stohl’s innovative work on drone policy in their 16th annual

November 7, 2016

By Cameron Trainer: 

October 5, 2016 | EXPERT: Rachel Stohl

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 th

September 30, 2016 | EXPERT: Rachel Stohl

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. However, even with consistent U.S.
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