Africa and the Arms Trade Treaty

  • Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014
  • Last year, the United States signed the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), a multilateral agreement to regulate international conventional weapons trade. This treaty, which 118 states have signed and 31 have ratified, has not yet entered into force.  While the ATT’s standards are not as high as those of the United States, the potential for the treaty to reduce illicit trade could help improve security in areas that need it most – particularly in regions of conflict like Africa.  Greater scrutiny of African governments, better review of legitimate exports, import controls that can stop illicit shipments, and management of arms stockpiles can help to address the humanitarian impact of conventional weapons.  The ATT can be one part of the formula to catalyze change and reduce violence.

    Please join our distinguished panel of speakers as we discuss the significance of the ATT, its relevance to Africa, and how the treaty might move forward into the future.   This event is co-hosted by the CSIS Africa Program and the CSIS Proliferation Prevention Program.


    Mr. Thomas Countryman

    Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, State Department

    Dr. Raymond Gilpin
    Academic Dean, Africa Center for Strategic Studies, National Defense University

    Ms. Jennifer G. Cooke
    Director, Africa Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies

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    Please RSVP to the Proliferation Prevention Program at or 202-741-3921.

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