John Ramming Chappell

Guest Author

John Ramming Chappell (@jwrchappell) is an Advocacy & Legal Fellow at Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC), where he engages with U.S. policymakers and advocates to enhance the protection of civilians in conflict. His work focuses on US law and policy related to civilian harm, arms sales, and security assistance. John has published research and analysis in The Hill, Just Security, Lawfare, Responsible Statecraft, Inkstick Media, and other publications, including several academic journals

John holds a Juris Doctor and a Master of Science in Foreign Service, with distinction, from Georgetown University and a BA in International Studies and Arabic, summa cum laude, from University of Mississippi. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and he speaks Arabic. He is also on LinkedIn.



Articles by this author:

Key Takeaways from Biden Administration Report on Israeli Use of US Weapons


May 11th, 2024

Congress Must Strengthen Oversight on Intelligence Sharing and Civilian Harm

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Jan 25th, 2024

The Just Security Podcast: A Human Rights Law Returns to Spark Debate on U.S. Arms Sales

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Jan 19th, 2024

The “War Reserve Stockpile Allies – Israel” Explained & Why Congress Should Not Expand It

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Jan 16th, 2024

Senator Sanders’ New Resolution Could Force U.S. to Confront Any Complicity in Civilian Harm in Gaza

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Dec 18th, 2023

Law and Policy Guide to US Arms Transfers to Israel

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Nov 8th, 2023

Congress Should Pass the SAFEGUARD Act to Overhaul Arms Sales Law and Protect Human Rights


Sep 20th, 2023

A Long-Forgotten Law Could Force the U.S. to Re-Evaluate its Relationship with Saudi Arabia


Mar 29th, 2023

Incremental Progress on Civilian Harm in the FY2023 National Defense Bill


Dec 19th, 2022

DoD Can’t Move Forward on Civilian Casualties Without Looking Back

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Apr 19th, 2022

Amid Civilian Harm Revelations, Defense Bill Takes Measured Steps on Oversight and Accountability

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Dec 23rd, 2021