Lora Lumpe


Lora Lumpe left PRIO in 1999. The information on this page is kept for historical reasons.


Working experience:

Based in Washington, DC, Lora Lumpe is a researcher and campaigner working on issues relating to military aid, the weapons trade and human rights. She is a senior associate working part time with PRIO on the Norwegian Initiative on Small Arms Transfers.

For the Norwegian Initiative on Small Arms Transfers (NISAT), she has just edited Running Guns: The Global Black Market in Small Arms (London: Zed/New York: St. Martins, 2000). Also for NISAT she is helping to develop an interactive Internet database of state-authorized small arms production and transfers (www.nisat.org) and helping to organize and mobilize activism in support of responsible governmental laws and policies to curb gun-running.

She also currently consults for Amnesty International USA on the human rights implications of US military and police training programs around the world, and on US arms export policies more generally.

During 1998-1999 she was a senior researcher on staff at the Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO), where she developed a research program on small arms production and trade in support of the Norwegian Initiative on Small Arms Transfers--a coalition including Norwegian Red Cross and Norwegian Church Aid working to curb small arms proliferation and misuse.

Previously, Lora founded the Arms Sales Monitoring Project at the Federation of American Scientists in 1991 and directed it through mid-1998. This project works to reduce surplus production and export of conventional weapons, principally by the United States.

From 1988-1992 she worked in support of the negotiation and entry into force of a global treaty outlawing chemical weapons by managing a quarterly journal, the Chemical Weapons Convention Bulletin.

All Publications

Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Lumpe, Lora (1999) Curbing the Proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons, Security Dialogue 30(2): 151–164.


Holden, Paul; Sarah Detzner; Bridget Conley-Zilkic; Alex de Waal; John Dunne; Andrew Feinstein; William Hartung; Paul Holtom; Lora Lumpe; Nicholas Marsh; Sam Perlo-Freeman; Hennie van Vuuren & Leah Wawro (2017) Indefensible Seven Myths that Sustain the Global Arms Trade. London: Zed.
Lumpe, Lora (2000) Running Guns. The Global Black Market in Small Arms. London: Zed Books.
Lumpe, Lora (1999) Small Arms Control: Old Weapons, New Issues. London: Routledge.

Book Chapter

Lumpe, Lora (1999) US Policy and the Export of Light Weapons, in Light Weapons and Civil Conflict: Controlling the Tools of Violence. New York: (65–87).
Lumpe, Lora (1999) A Framework for Limiting the Negative Consequences of Surplus US Arms Production and Trading, in Arming the Future: a Defense Industry for the 21st Century. New York: (285–301).

Non-refereed Journal Article

Lumpe, Lora (1999) The Global Arms Bazaar at the Century's End, Global Dialogue 1(2): 1–13.
Lumpe, Lora (1998) Controlling Small Arms, Disarmament Diplomacy 1(32): 2–7.

Report - External Series

Lumpe, Lora; Maria Haug; Nicholas Marsh; & Martin Langvandslien (2002) Shining a Light on Small Arms Exports: The Record of State Transparency, NISAT/Small Arms Survey. Geneva.