Conventional Defense

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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

November 7, 2019 | EXPERT: Rachel Stohl , EXPERT: Shannon Dick

Editor’s note: This analysis is part of 2020 Presidential Inbox — an ongoing Stimson Center series examining the major global challenges and opportunities the next administration faces.

August 20, 2019 | EXPERT: Rachel Stohl

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. U.S.

May 1, 2019 | EXPERT: Rachel Stohl

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 agreement that regulates the international tr

May 1, 2019 | EXPERT: Rachel Stohl

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.

December 14, 2018 | EXPERT: Rachel Stohl

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.

September 12, 2018 | EXPERT: Rachel Stohl

August 23, 2018 | EXPERT: Rachel Stohl , EXPERT: Shannon Dick

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.

July 17, 2018 | EXPERT: Rachel Stohl , EXPERT: Shannon Dick

By Rachel Stohl, Shannon Dick, and Cassandra Cronin

June 7, 2018 | EXPERT: Rachel Stohl

Drones have become a mainstay of U.S. counterterrorism operations and national security policy writ large.

April 30, 2018 | EXPERT: Rachel Stohl

After months of anticipation, the Trump administration recently released a 

February 12, 2018 | EXPERT: Rachel Stohl , EXPERT: Shannon Dick

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 with child soldiers.

February 1, 2018 | EXPERT: Rachel Stohl

“Buy America” will reportedly soon apply to arms sales in a bigger way, as the Trump administration orders U.S.

January 31, 2018 | EXPERT: Rachel Stohl

The Trump administration, according to recent 
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