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Arms sales to conflict zones

Join this webinar for the launch of a new report,

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

The report, by CAAT Research Coordinator Dr. Sam Perlo-Freeman, is the first publication from a two-year project examining arms industries, foreign policy and armed conflict. The project is a collaboration between CAAT, World Peace Foundation, and an international team of arms trade researchers.

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  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)
  • Molly Mulready, Lawyer, formerly of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • Emma Soubrier, Visiting Scholar, Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington
  • Nathan Toronto, Commissioning Editor, Malcolm H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center (moderator)

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

This report is part of a research program, support for which was provided in part by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

CAAT would not exist without its supporters. Each new supporter helps us strengthen our call for an end to the international arms trade.

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