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.


Research and Analysis

January 10, 2018 | EXPERT: Rachel Stohl

January 10, 2018 | EXPERT: Rachel Stohl

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.

November 6, 2017 | EXPERT: Rachel Stohl , EXPERT: Shannon Dick

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.

October 31, 2017 | EXPERT: Rachel Stohl

The Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) seeks to promote cooperation, transparency, and responsible action in the international arms trade.

October 13, 2017 | EXPERT: Rachel Stohl

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 in place by the Obama administration.
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