Managing the Arms Trade

Conventional Defense

Managing the Arms Trade

Stimson's Managing the Arms Trade project examines the complex global issue of responsible transfer and use of conventional arms. From small arms to unmanned aerial vehicles, managing how conventional arms are transferred or employed is vital in determining the course of global conflicts, civil wars, regional disputes, economic development, and humanitarian and human rights challenges.

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Research and Analysis

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

October 31, 2017 | EXPERT: Rachel Stohl

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

September 21, 2017 | EXPERT: Rachel Stohl

By Rachel Stohl

September 13, 2017 | EXPERT: Rachel Stohl

The Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) and UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1540 (2004) are two seemingly separate but interrelated regimes that impose important security obligations on Member States.

August 31, 2017 | EXPERT: Rachel Stohl

This ATT-BAP report examines the challenges and obstacles to ATT reporting and identifies good practice and opportunities to support ATT reporting efforts. The report is divided into six sections. Section one describes the methodology for assessing States’ reporting experiences.

July 20, 2017

By Eli Enos and Rachel Stohl

June 26, 2017 | EXPERT: Rachel Stohl

By Rachel Stohl

May 31, 2017 | EXPERT: Rachel Stohl

The Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) was adopted in 2013 with the purpose of establishing common international standards to regulate the international trade in conventional arms and to prevent and eradicate their diversion into the illicit trade.

May 31, 2017 | EXPERT: Rachel Stohl

The Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) aims to promote cooperation, transparency, and responsibility in the international arms trade. Implementation and universalization of the ATT remain core objectives for States Parties and the ATT Secretariat. However, implementation of the ATT varies across regions.

April 25, 2017 | EXPERT: Rachel Stohl , EXPERT: Shannon Dick

Three months into the Trump administration and President Trump has used arms sales to support security priorities and demonstrate a commitment to industry. Yet it remains unclear how and to what extent arms sales will be used as a tool of Trump’s foreign and defense policies.

April 25, 2017 | EXPERT: Rachel Stohl , EXPERT: Shannon Dick

April 24, 2017 | EXPERT: Rachel Stohl

Last week, a bipartisan group of congressmen sent a letter requesting the Trump administration approve sales of Reaper drones to Jordan and the United Arab Emirates. If the sale goes forward, certain conditions will be necessary to ensure U.S. interests are achieved.
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