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.