F-16s to Bahrain, event April 5 (jobs & corruption), more  
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Arms Trade News

April 3, 2017

The Arms Trade News highlights recent and forthcoming publications, events, interviews, media commentary, and other resources from Forum on the Arms Trade listed experts.
EXPERT OPINIONS on possible F-16 sales to Bahrain without human rights preconditions: Cole Bockenfeld (POMED), Sunjeev Bery (Amnesty USA), Rachel Stohl (Stimson), William Hartung (CIP), Iain Overton (AOAV), Natalie Goldring (Georgetown, Acronym).
Expert Opinion F16s to Bahrain
EVENT: Corruption, Jobs, and the Arms Trade 
Indefensible Book Launch and Panel Discussion

April 5   9:30-11:00 AM (breakfast at 9:00AM)

Panelists: Bridget Conley, William Hartung, Sarah Chayes, Mark Thompson
Co-hosted by Open Society Foundations, World Peace Foundation, and the Forum on the Arms Trade
April 5 Event RSVP

Washington-DC based
Jeff Abramson
Adotei Akwei
Brittany Benowitz**
Sunjeev Bery
Seth Binder**
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
    Merrell Wetterwik

U.S. (outisde of DC)
Matthew Bolton
Denise Garcia
William Hartung
Edward J. Laurance
John Lindsay-Poland
Samuel Perlo-
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.

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Arms Trade Treaty
LEARN: "Small Arms, Light Weight Weapons, and the Arms Treaty," by Nils Duquet (Flemish Peace Institute), EU Nonproliferation Consortium, March 2017. (Free)

READ: "How to Use the Arms Trade Treaty to Address Armed Violence in Pastoralist Communities," by Matthew Bolton (Pace University), Control Arms and Pace University, March 2017.

READ: "ATT-related activities in Latin America and the Carribean: identifying gaps and improving coordination," by Mark Bromley (co-author), SIPRI, February 2017.

Security Assistance

READ: "Want to Make Budget Cuts? Start Here," by William Hartung (Center for International Policy), New York Times, March 17.

Explosive Violence

READ: "The Refugee Explosion," edited by Iain Overton, Action on Armed Violence, April 2.

READThree Part Report on Domestic Drones, by Dan Gettinger and colleagues, Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College, March 2017.
-Part One: "Local and state drone laws"
-Part Two: "First responder drones" (Parts 2 and 3- released over next 2 weeks)
-Part Three: "Criminal drones"

Latin America
READ: "Guns kill about 40,000 Brazilians every year. Some lawmakers think more guns will make the country safer," by Robert Muggah (co-author), PRI, March 29.
READ: "Latin America's Murder Epidemic," by Robert Muggah (co-author), Foreign Affairs, March 22.

April 3: "National Bird" screening and panel discussion, with Dan Gettinger (Center for the Study of the Drone), watch online 

April 5: Corruption, Jobs, and the Arms Trade - event co-hosted by Open Society Foundation, World Peace Foundation, and Forum on the Arms Trade

April 6-7: Arms Trade Treaty Working Group and Informal Preparatory Committee Meetings - during which Rachel Stohl (Stimson Center) and Paul Holtom will be panelists in a side event "Supporting ATT Reporting on Arms Transfers." 

Arms Trade to the Middle East
READ: "These deals place the U.S. at risk of being complicit in war crimes, and discourage other countries, like Saudi Arabia, from addressing their own human rights records," said Sunjeev Bery (Amnesty USA) in "Trump Administration Backs Sale of Fighter Jets to Bahrain," Voice of America and "This deal sends a dangerous signal to Bahrain and all other countries that engage in serious human rights violations," in "Tillerson Dropping Human Rights Conditions on Sale of F-16s to Bahrain," Dow Jones Newswires, March 30.

WATCH: William Hartung (Center for International Policy) interview in Real News Network, "Trump Greenlights Arms Sales to Bahrain and Many Other Countries," April 2.

READ: “Rather than perpetuating the conflict through weapons transfers, the suppliers should stop supplying weapons and ammunition to ongoing conflicts, including in Syria,” said Natalie Goldring (Georgetown, Acronym Institute) in "Syrian Regime Survives on Russian Arms & UN Vetoes," Inter Press Service, March 28.

Security Assistance and the U.S. State Department
READ: "Even just a mention in the press briefing, one line, even if it’s the same line of, ‘Yes, we’re following their case,’ it steels their resolve," said Cole Bockenfeld (Project on Middle East Democracy) in "Trump Wants To Neuter The State Department. Putin Would Love That," Huffington Post, updated March 20.

READ: "They're kind of returning to an idea that failed under Reagan," said William Hartung in "Congress slams Trump proposal to reduce military aid," Al-Monitor, March 16.

READ: "Unfortunately, as with so many other policy issues, it is unclear where the Trump administration stands on this process," said Rachel Stohl (Stimson Center) in "Uncertainty at State Department holding up new agreement on armed drones," DefenseNews, March 21.

READ: "There's a growing realization that low-cost drones could become the [improvised explosive devices] of the sky," said Dan Gettinger (Center for the Study of the Drone), "Columbia-based Department 13 develops software to thwart drone threats," Baltimore Sun, March 23.

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The Forum on the Arms Trade welcomes thBenowitz Binder Perlo-Freemanree experts: Brittany Benowitz (independent expert), Seth Binder (Security Assistance Monitor), and Samuel Perlo-Freeman (World Peace Foundation).

The Forum is also pleased to announce the Ravinskygrowth of the Emerging Experts program, welcoming Jeremy Ravinsky (Open Society Foundations).

In early April, the Forum on the Arms Trade will organize an online poll to recognize exemplary reporting on the arms trade, security assistance and weapons use that was published from January 1 to March 31. We would welcome your suggestions for issue-relevant articles that you have found to be exemplary or a body of work from a journalist, whether he or she is already on the list we're watching. Please email us your nominations today.

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