On 30 November 2021, the Global Governance Institute and the Stimson Center held its second expert workshop in a series of three events in the context of the policy advice project ““Transatlantic Approaches to Global Arms Control: Opportunities, Challenges, and Ways Ahead”. The project, funded by the Washington DC office of the Heinrich Böll Foundation, seeks to explore potential avenues for a transatlantic reinforcement of multilateral approaches to the regulation of the arms trade around the globe. To this end, both think tanks bring together senior policy-makers, parliamentarians and civil society experts from both sides of the Atlantic in order to explore the extent to which a new impetus can be injected into the transatlantic relationship when it comes to tackling the threats of Small Arms and Light Weapons, Chemical Weapons and the “implementation gap” of the Arms Trade Treaty.
After the kick-off workshop on Small Arms and Light Weapons (held on 22nd November 2021), the second workshop focused on achievements, challenges and ways ahead on the Arms Trade Treaty.
The workshop was chaired and moderated by Rachel Stohl and Joachim Koops, who also provided the context for the discussion. Dominik Tolksdorf (Heinrich Boell Foundation, Washington DC) offered some introductory thoughts.
Initial high-level input was provided by Dr. Hannah Neumann (Member of the European Parliament / Greens). Dr Neumann serves on the European Parliament’s Subcommittee on Human Rights and on the Subcommittee on Security Defence. Her presentation was followed by Eran Nagan, Chair of the Working Group on Conventional Arms Export (COARM) at the European Union’s External Action Service.
Thereafter, civil society experts and representatives from international organizations provided their perspectives on the ATT, its advances and the remaining challenges as well as concrete policy suggestions on how opportunities on both sides of the Atlantic (such as the Biden administration as well as the election of a new German government) could be leveraged for a renewed commitment to advancing the spirit and letter of the ATT in practice.
Results of the workshop will feed into a joined GGI-STIMSON Report to be released at the beginning of 2022.