Progress Without U.S. Leadership? Humanitarian Disarmament

On May 14, 2019, the Forum on the Arms Trade is bringing the discussion of humanitarian disarmament to Washington, DC. Panelists from different civil society campaigns will explore how humanitarian disarmament may provide a model for progress at a time when US leadership on multilateral and international efforts is drawn into question.

Humanitarian disarmament, which puts human security at its core, is driven by a civil society partnership with states and international organizations. It can set and advance norms that save many lives and affect the behavior of non-state and state actors, including the United States, often without or contrary to US government leadership efforts.

This event features campaign leaders who will both examine humanitarian disarmament broadly and look in-depth at recent successes and challenges related to landmines and cluster munitions, nuclear weapons, and killer robots (aka fully autonomous weapons). The campaigns to ban landmines and nuclear weapons earned Nobel Peace Prizes in 1997 and 2017, respectively.


  • Hector Guerra, Director, International Campaign to Ban Landmines-Cluster Munition Coalition (ICBL-CMC)
  • Mary Wareham, Advocacy Director, Arms Division, Human Rights Watch and Global Coordinator, Campaign to Stop Killer Robots
  • Seth Shelden, United Nations Liaison, International Coalition to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)
  • Additional moderator/panelist to be announced

The event will be held Tuesday, May 14, 2019, from 2:00-3:30 PM at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, 1400 K Street NW, Suite 1225, Washington D.C. 20005.

RSVP here.