Tim Michetti, an investigative researcher on illicit weapon transfers, recently wrote a new Atlantic Council report, “A Guide to Illicit Iranian Weapon Transfers: The Bahrain File.” During this discussion, Mr. Michetti presented his report, a comprehensive, field-based case study on illicit Iranian weapon transfers. Following his presentation, he was joined in discussion by Rachel Stohl, vice president of the Stimson Center; David Mortlock, a nonresident senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center and a partner at the law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher; Jay Bahadur, investigator, author, and former coordinator of the UN Panel of Experts on Somalia; and moderator Norman Roule, former National Intelligence Manager for Iran in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. 

Using findings from the report, the panelists discussed ways to improve mitigation measures to prevent illicit weapon transfers and strengthen the efficacy of arms embargoes. The discussion also explored how current international arms control architecture, sanctions enforcement mechanisms, and lessons from WMD non-proliferation may be applied to mapping and dismantling underlying networks that facilitate the international trade in illicit weapons.

This event was be hosted via Zoom webinar by the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Middle East Security Initiative on Thursday, February 4, 2021 from 12:00 to 1:00 pm ET.


Tim Michetti
Investigative Researcher on Illicit Weapon Transfers

Rachel Stohl
Vice President
Stimson Center 

Jay Bahadur​​​
Investigator, Author, and former Coordinator of the UN Panel of Experts on Somalia

David Mortlock
Nonresident Senior Fellow, Global Energy Center
Atlantic Council
Willkie Farr & Gallagher


Norman Roule
Former National Intelligence Manager for Iran
Office of the Director of National Intelligence

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In-Depth Research & Reports

Dec 15, 2020

A guide to illicit Iranian weapon transfers: The Bahrain file

By Tim Michetti

A new report by illicit weapon flows expert Tim Michetti offers a comprehensive, field-based case study on illicit Iranian weapon flows. The report is based on a confidential assessment of the materiel procurement networks of militants operating inside Bahrain.

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