Tackling Corruption in the Global Arms Trade


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As the Trump Adminstration seeks record U.S. arms sales and renewed military engagement in places such as Afghanistan, there are increased risks of corruption undermining U.S. foreign policy and national security goals. Globally, the arms trade is highly prone to corruption, and there have been several cases in U.S. courts of bribery in the past few years. However, it appears U.S. regulators are weakening some key anti-corruption measures. This will put extra pressure on U.S. officials and companies attempting to address corruption as well as to ensure weapons transfers are not diverted to criminal or terrorist organizations. Please join experts with experience in U.S. export enforcement, tracking the U.S. and global arms trade and corruption, and U.S. military engagement in Afghanistan to discuss these new and ongoing challenges. They will also offer new recommendations on what can be done to better address corruption in the arms trade.


  • Sam Perlo-Freeman, Program Manager, Global Arms and Corruption, World Peace Foundation
  • Steve Pelak, Partner, Holland and Hart; former Department of Justice National Coordinator Export Control/Economic Sanctions Enforcement
  • Lt. Col. (ret.), Jodi Vittori, Senior Policy Advisor, Global Witness; former member of NATO counter-corruption task force in Afghanistan
  • Colby Goodman, Director, Security Assistance Monitor (moderator) 

This event is co-hosted by the World Peace Foundation, Security Assistance Monitor, and the Forum on the Arms Trade.

Event Date: 
Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 10:00
Event Address: 
Center for International Policy
2000 M St NW
Washington, DC 20036
United States