Arms Sales to Conflict Zones

Business as Usual: How major weapons exporters arm the world’s conflicts

Hosted by the Forum on the Arms Trade and sponsored by the World Peace Foundation, Center for Responsive Politics, and Program on Civil-Military Relations in Arab States at the Malcolm H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center.

Wednesday, March 3, 2021 | 11:00 AM-12:30 PM EST / 4:00-5:30 PM GMT

Join in a discussion for the launch of “Business as Usual: How major weapons exporters arm the world’s conflicts” — the initial report at the midpoint of a two-year project examining defense industries, foreign policy and armed conflict.

Over the past decades, international efforts have increasingly sought to control arms exports to countries where conflicts are taking place, especially where such conflicts involve human rights abuses and violations of international humanitarian law (IHL). This first report looks at the top 11 arms exporters, examining whether export control measures – including international treaties, national legislation and policy, and the EU Common Position – correspond to actual, empirical, changes in practice on the part of arms suppliers.


Sam Perlo Freeman

Research Coordinator, Campaign Against Arms Trade and Fellow, World Peace Foundation

Dan Mahanty

Director, US Program, Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC)

Headshot Dan Mahanty

Molly Mulready

Lawyer, formerly of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Headshot Molly Mulready

Emma Soubrier

Visiting Scholar, Arab Gulf States Institute, Washington

headshot Emma Soubrier

Nathan Toronto

Commissioning Editor, Malcolm H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center (moderator)

Headshot Nathan Toronto

This report is part of the WPF research program, “Defense industries, Foreign Policy, and Armed Conflict,” support for which was provided in part by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Photo: Air stike in Sana’a, Ibrahem Qasim, May 11, 2015 (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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