toward a more responsible

us arms sales policy

CIP has been at the forefront of efforts to promote a more responsible U.S. arms transfer policy that 

prioritizes human rights, international humanitarian law, and long-term strategic interests

over narrow industry and political concerns.

This has been particularly true in the case of the growing movement to cut off U.S. arms sales and logistical support to Saudi Arabia and the UAE over their role in the devastating war in Yemen. CIP's research, writing, and data have helped fuel a global network comprised of Yemeni-based organizations; members of the Yemeni diaspora; and human rights, humanitarian aid, and progressive foreign policy groups to generate Congressional support for an end to U.S. arms sales to the UAE and Saudi Arabia. These efforts bore fruit in early 2021 when President Biden announced in his first foreign policy speech that the U.S. would end support for offensive operations in Yemen and relevant arms sales. 

Since last September alone, CIP has published a major research report, multiple factsheets, and a number of articles in major media outlets on this topic. Additionally, a host of like-minded organizations draw on Security Assistance Monitor's (SAM) unique databases, including one on arms sales, to bolster their advocacy work. All of these outputs have fed directly into efforts aimed at changing U.S. policy. 

In addition to its work on Saudi Arabia and the UAE, SAM has published a variety of materials calling for an end to U.S. arms sales and military aid to repressive regimes in Egypt and the Philippines, as well as a widely disseminated piece in the Los Angeles Times on reversing the Trump administration's deregulation of firearms exports. 



THE campaign

CIP is now urging the Biden administration to clarify this policy statement with the aim of

ending all U.S. arms sales to the two regimes as leverage to move toward an end to their intervention in Yemen and an inclusive peace agreement that ends the war for good.

Supporting CIP at this critical moment as the Biden administration is formulating and articulating new foreign policy decisions will help us sustain and expand our work on behalf of a more responsible U.S. arms sales policy that minimizes civilian harm and centers diplomacy over weapons exports as its principal tool for resolving global challenges. 

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OUR work

U.S. Arms sales trends, 2020 and beyond from trump to biden

issue brief

SAM Issue Brief detailing some of the major findings from the Arms Sales Trends Report

u.s. Arms SAles trends, 2020 and beyond from trump to biden

SAM report exploring trends in US arms sales in 2020 and early arms sales-related pronouncements of the Biden administration; Photo Source: Alisdare Hickson/Flickr

major arms sales to the United arab emirates

SAM Issue Brief on the UAE's role in regional conflicts, used to bolster an unprecedented Senate vote to stop a major arms package to the Abu Dhabi.

the hidden costs of u.s. security cooperation

Op-ed authored by Lauren Woods for Responsible Statecraft; Photo Source: GPA Photo Archive/Flickr

biden should reverse trump's bomb sales to saudi arabia

Op-ed coauthored by William Hartung and Elias Yousif for The Hill; Photo Source: U.S. Secretary of Defense/Flickr

It’s been 2 years since Khashoggi’s killing. Why is Trump still enabling the Saudi regime?

Op-ed co-authored by William Hartung and Elias Yousif for The Los Angeles Times. Photo Source: Felton Davis/Flickr

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Your contribution will help fund the work of CIP's Security Assistance Monitor program in advocating for a more responsible arms sales policy. 

With your support, we can sustain and expand our efforts to ensure the Biden administration takes into account human rights, international humanitarian law, and long-term strategic and foreign policy interests in deciding which nations to supply with U.S. arms. 

There are many concrete steps the Biden administration can take to improve both transparency and decision making over U.S. arms sales to minimize civilian harm and open the door to more appropriate avenues of exerting influence, such as diplomacy and economic cooperation.

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