To promote debate and help improve U.S. decision making about arms sales we created the Arms Sales Risk Index, now in its third year. By identifying the factors linked to negative outcomes of arms sales, such as dispersion, diversion, and the misuse of weapons by recipients, the index provides a way to measure the risk involved with selling arms to another nation. Though by no means an exact science, the Arms Sales Risk Index can help policymakers incorporate the risks and make better decisions about which nations should and should not receive American weapons.

Read the full report at Cato.org: https://www.cato.org/publications/e-publications/2020-arms-sales-risk-index

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About Trevor Thrall

I am a professor at George Mason University and Director of the Biodefense Graduate Program.

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