Jeff Abramson re-joined the Arms Control Association in March 2016 as a non-resident senior fellow for arms control and conventional arms transfers. He also manages the Landmine and Cluster Munition Monitor, the de facto monitoring regime for the Mine Ban Treaty and Convention on Cluster Munitions, and organizes the Forum on the Arms Trade.
Prior to joining the Monitor, he served as a policy advisor and director to the secretariat of Control Arms, the global civil society alliance that championed the adoption of the Arms Trade Treaty that for the first time established global regulations for the trade in a wide array of conventional weapons. He is also the former deputy director of the Arms Control Association and former managing editor of their publication Arms Control Today.
An arms trade expert, his work has been published in numerous journals and comments cited by major US and global media.
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If the U.S. is sincere in its desire to hold Saudi Arabia accountable, it can and should existing U.S. law and its signatory status on the Arms Trade Treaty to encourage better behavior.
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