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Arms Trade News

February 21, 2017

Featured in this newsletter:
  • New Publications and Resources
  • Events
  • In the Media
  • Updated: Journalist Page 
New Publications and Resources*

Arms Trade and Sales

Yesterday, SIPRI's Arms and Military Expenditures Programme (led by Aude Fleurant) published its annual trends in international arms transfers factsheet, finding that the volume of international arms transfers of major weapons during 2012-2016 was the highest for any five-year period since the end of the Cold War.

On Feb 13, the Security Assistance Monitor (led by Colby Goodman)  published a 
new factsheet on U.S. Proposed Arm Sales to Saudi Arabia.

John Lindsay-Poland (American Friends Service Committee) authored a factsheet on Sig Sauer exports to Mexico, detailing multiple sales and transfers, the relationship with the Trump campaign, end use controls and other information, available in English and in Spanish

Washington-DC based
Jeff Abramson
Adotei Akwei
Sunjeev Bery
Cole Bockenfeld
Dan Gettinger
Natalie Goldring
Colby Goodman
Lisa Haugaard
Adam Isacson
Sarah Kinosian
Kate Kizer
Lora Lumpe
Daniel Mahanty
Amy Nelson
Josh Ruebner
Todd Ruffner
Alejandro Sanchez
Theo Sitther
Rachel Stohl
Anne-Charlotte Merrell

U.S. (outisde of DC)
Matthew Bolton
Denise Garcia
William Hartung
Edward J. Laurance
John Lindsay-Poland
Allison Pytlak
Heather Roff

Deepayan Basu Ray
Tobias Bock
Subindra Bogati
Mark Bromley
Martin Butcher
Nils Duquet
Andrew Feinstein
Aude Fleurant
Hector Guerra
Paul Holtom
Erin Hunt
Roy Isbister
Nicholas Marsh
Robert Muggah
Jasmin Nario-Galace
Iain Overton
Robert Perkins
Cedric Poitevin
Laura Spano
Leah Wawro
Wim Zwijnenburg

* Inclusion on the Forum on the Arms Trade expert list does not indicate agreement with or endorsement of the opinions of others.
Loitering Munitions

Dan Gettinger co-authored a
report for the Center for the Study of the Drone looking at "loitering munitions," unmanned aircraft that blur the lines between drone and missile. The report documents loitering munitions currently in use or development, and examines potential benefits and dangers of the proliferation of this technology.
Protecting Civilians in Conflict

Daniel Mahanty's new article in
Defense One argues that the Pentagon should be wary of relaxing the rules on counter-terrorism, explaining that hard-learned  lessons taught the military to take steps to reduce civilians harm. 

Child Soldiers

On Feb 15, many Forum-listed experts attended a Lantos Human Rights Commission hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington DC just a few after civil society leaders urged Congress to do more to prevent children from being recruited into war. Recent articles and reports by Forum-listed experts examined how anti-human trafficking efforts at times overlook child solders (Lora Lumpe), the use of child soldiers in South Sudan (Rachel Stohl), as well a 5-year review of U.S. Child Soldiers Prevention Act implementation (Stimson Center research led by Stohl). 

* Reports and articles were typically authored or co-authored by Forum on the Arms Trade-listed experts, unless detailed otherwise. Inclusion here does not indicate endorsement of or by the Forum nor the institutions cited. See more details.

Additional publications are listed on the Forum's home page, as well as in the archive dating back to January 2016.
Global Arms Trade Event
The Forum is co-sponsoring with the Stimson Center and SIPRI a February 28th event that will take the recently released SIPRI findings on major weapons trade trends as a starting point of the conversation.Speakers include:
  • Aude Fleurant, Director, Arms and Military Expenditure Programme, SIPRI 
  • Joe Gould, Senior Reporter, Defense News
  • Rachel Stohl, Senior Associate, Stimson 

Please register here.
Upcoming Events with Forum Experts

On Feb 23, the Stimson Center will host  a panel discussion in Washington DC on efforts to establish global standards for drone transfer and use.  Two Forum-listed experts will join the panel: Rachel Stohl (Stimson Center) and Daniel Mahanty (Center for Civilians in Conflict, CIVIC)

Screenings of the Shadow Wold film, with remarks by Andrew Feinsten:
Feb 21, Films for Food screening in London.  
Feb 22nd, screening and lecture in Brussels, hosted by MO and Vredesactie. 
Feb 23rd, screening and panel discussion in Stockholm, also featuring book launch of Indefensible: Seven Myths That Sustain The Global Arms Trade.

On Feb 27, Feinstein and Leah Wawro will join a
panel discussion in London for the launch of Indefensible.
In the Media

Roy Isbister (Saferworld) was cited in a Guardian article examining controversy over and judicial review of UK arm sales to Saudi Arabia. 

Wim Zwijnenburg (PAX) was cited in both Foreign Policy and Airwars on the use of depleted uranium by the United States in Syria and the expected exposure risk to civilians. 

Updated Resource: Journalists

The Forum has recently updated and expanded its Journalist page, identifying more than six dozen members of the media who report Forum-related topic. Please visit the page and view by name or by topics, which currently include the arms trade (general), security assistance, Middle East, Latin America, drones, and landmines and cluster munitions.

Have suggestions? We welcome your recommendations for journalists to consider adding, 
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