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Arms Trade News

March 6, 2017

The Arms Trade News highlights recent and forthcoming publications, events, interviews, media commentary, and our resources from Forum on the Arms Trade-listed experts.

RECENT EVENT: Global Arms Trade: Assessing Trends and Future Outlook February 28, 2017 - co-sponsored by SIPRI, Stimson Center, and the Forum on the Arms Trade with Forum-listed experts Aude Fleurant (SIPRI) and Rachel Stohl (Stimson), joined by Joe Gould.
The Global Arms Trade: Assessing Trends and Future Outlook
READ: SIPRI Factsheet: Trends in International Arms Transfers in 2016 by Aude Fleurant and co-authors, SIPRI, February 20, 2017


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
    Merrell Wetterwik

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.

U.S. Arm Exports

READ: "We're sending guns, crime to Mexico," by Sarah Kinosian (WOLA) and co-author, Los Angeles Times, March 2, 2017.

READ: "Commerce Department Boosts Arms Sales Deliveries to Record High," by Colby Goodman (Security Assistance Monitor), Lobelog, March 1, 2017.

READ: "On travel bans: Instead of refugees coming out, look at weapons coming in," by Jeff Abramson (Arms Control Association), The Hill, February 24, 2017.

Global Arms Trade

READ: "U.S. Leads Rising Global Arms Trade," by Jeff Abramson (Arms Control Association), Arms Control Today, March 2017.

READ  "5 Challenges to Implementing International Arms Controls Standards in Small Island Developing States," by Laura Spano (CAVR), Pacific Small Arms Action Group, February 27, 2017.

READ: "Civil society remains vital to success of arms control processes," by Robert Perkins (Control Arms), United Nations Association-UK, March 1, 2017.

Illicit arms and terrorism

READ: The initial meeting of the SAFTE project was held in February. Involving many experts, including Nils Duquet (Flemish Peace Institute) and Paul Holtom, the research effort will focus on the acquisition of illicit firearms by terrorists in Europe.

Arms and the Environment

READ: "The Mosul Operation: An Interim Open-source Assessment of Conflict- related Environmental Damage," by Wim Zwijnenburg (PAX), bellingcat, February 21, 2017.

LISTEN: interview with Kate Kizer (Yemen Peace Project) on Middle East in Focus, Sunday radio show, February 26, 2017 - discussing U.S. raid in Yemen, as well as the current overall situation of the country. 

READ: “The Trump administration could have as much of an impact by accelerating the deals already in the pipeline, rather than making new ones," William Hartung (Center for International Policy) said. "Those orders being accelerated will have a big impact on these numbers. That could take a few years to show a big blip.”
Wars are major drivers of arms acquisitions and arms procurement," Aude Fleurant (SIPRI) said. "The countries in the Middle East have very little production capacity in their own countries, so they would turn to major suppliers to fulfill their needs for weapons.” Cited in "US Weapon Exports Increased 43% Under Obama," USA Today, February 28, 2017; and "Obama and Putin fueled the biggest global arms market since the Cold War," PRI, February 27, 2017.

READ: “The messaging cannot be ignored," says Dan Gettinger (Center for the Study of the Drone). "From the beginning it was evident that drones played heavily in [ISIS]’s messaging strategy.” Cited in "As ISIS Prepares its Terrorism Resurrection, Watch Out for Drone 'Swarms,'" Daily Beast, February 28, 2017.

READ: "No state would ever accept any depleted uranium exposure in peacetime and therefore depleted uranium is heavily regulated. We do not see why these regulations should be thrown overboard in conflict," said Wim Zwijnenburg (PAX). Cited in "Syrians face toxic time-bomb of radiation, poison, and pollution," Middle East Eye, February 21, 2017.

READ: “Croatia as a member of Arms Treaty must ensure its weapons aren't diverted," wrote Robert Perkins (Control Arms). Cited in "Croatian Agency Backs BIRN's Arms Investigation," BalkanInsight, February 22, 2017.

Upcoming EventShadow World
March 14 - Andrew Feinstein (Corruption Watch) will join in a Q&A conversation at a screening of the Shadow World Film hosted by the Oxford Research Group at the Prince Charles Cinema in Leicester Square, London.

Recent Events
Forum-listed experts Natalie Goldring (Georgetown, Acronym Institute, paper), Heather Roff (Arizona State University), Denise Garcia (Northeastern University), and Matthew Bolton (Pace University) presented papers and served as panelists and discussants at multiple events during the International StudiesGoldring and Garcia Association's annual meeting in Baltimore February 22-25.  Pictured (l-r): Denise Garcia and Natalie Goldring

WATCHIn Pursuit of Global Drone Standards, February 23, 2017 - hosted at the Stimson Center with Forum-listed panelists Dan Mahanty (CIVIC), Rachel Stohl (Stimson), and Wim Zwijnenburg (PAX), joined by Aaron Mehta.
In Pursuit of Global Drone Standards
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Spotlight on Andrew Feinstein's Recent Events

FeIndefensiblebruary 22- Feinstein (Corruption Watch) joined in a lecture in Brussels on corruption in the global arms trade convened by MO magazine and Vredesactie. The Shadow World was screened prior to the lecture and Indefensible: 7 Myths that Sustain the Global Arms Trade” was launched at the event. 

February. 23- Screening of Shadow World in Stockholm, hosted by Svenska Vreds and Diakonia followed by a Q&A with Andrew Feinstein and others. Indefensible was also launched at the event.

February 27-  Forum-listed experts Andrew Feinstein and Leah Wawro (Transparency International UK) spoke on a panel at the London School of Economics during London launch of Indefensible.

February 27-  Feinstein featured in a Dutch TV (program name: Human) exposé of bribes paid to the Saudi royal family by the Dutch company Ballast Nedam for military construction contracts.

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