Associate Fellow, International Security
Elli Kytömäki
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Elli Kytömäki is an independent policy analyst and researcher working on disarmament and arms control issues, most notably related to conventional arms control and nuclear non-proliferation. Prior to establishing her own consultancy, Ms Kytömäki was the project manager at the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) for projects supporting the negotiations towards the Arms Trade Treaty. During her career, Ms Kytömäki has also worked at Conflict Prevention Center of the OSCE Secretariat, the research institute Small Arms Survey, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), and the Permanent Mission of Finland to the UN Conference on Disarmament. Ms Kytömäki has authored several articles and papers on the Arms Trade Treaty, Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) and nuclear policy and eagerly follows international developments in these areas.


  • Conventional arms trade
  • Arms Trade Treaty
  • Small arms control
  • Regional disarmament initiatives and agreements
  • European nuclear non-proliferation policies


2012 -Associate Fellow, International Security Department, Chatham House
2012 -Independent Consultant
2009 - 12Project Manager, United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR)
2006 - 09Forum for Security Cooperation Support Officer, Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Conflict Prevention Centre
2004 - 06Researcher, United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research
2003 - 04Research Fellow, Joint project of the Small Arms Survey and UNIDIR
2002Temporary Project Assistant, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
2002Temporary Attaché, Permanent Mission of Finland to the UN Conference on Disarmament
  • 'Legal analysis of the Arms Trade Treaty’s Article 17 – Conferences of States Parties', in Da Silva, Claire and Brian Wood (eds.), Weapons and International Law: the Arms Trade Treaty. Brussels: Larcier, 2015
  • 'Nordic Arms Transfer Controls and the Arms Trade Treaty: Strengths and Challenges', Helsinki: SaferGlobe, July 2015
  • The Arms Trade Treaty’s Interaction with Other Related Agreements Research Paper, February 2015
  • How Joining the Arms Trade Treaty Can Help Advance Development Goals Research Paper, December 2014
  • The Defence Industry, Investors and the Arms Trade Treaty Research Paper, December 2014
  • Ei Ydinaseille! Suomalaisen aktivismin historia (ed.), Helsinki: Into Kustannus, 2014
    (No to nuclear weapons! History of Finnish activism)
  • Diplomatia koetuksella - neuvottelut Iranin ydinohjelmasta tiivistyvät. Turun Sanomat,  13.6., 2014 
    (Diplomacy at test - negotiations over Iran's nuclear programme are drawing to close)
  • Ydinaseet eivät ole vastaus Ukrainan ongelmiin. Suomen Kuvalehti. 19 June, 2014
    (Nuclear weapons are not an answer to the Ukrainian crisis) 
  • Constant Challenges: Finnish export controls and international arms trade. Perspectives on European Security. STETE Yearbook 2013, 2014  
  • Mitä viedään ja kenelle - selvitys asevientivalvontajärjestelmän nykytilasta. With Jarmo Pykälä. Helsinki: Saferglobe 2013
    (What is exported and to whom - assessment of Finnish export control system)
  • Historiallinen Sopimus Vastuullisen Asekaupan Puolesta, Turun Sanomat, April 2013
  • Supporting the Arms Trade Treaty Negotiations, Final Report on EU-UNIDIR Project on Regional Seminars, Geneva: United Nations, 2012
  • Implementing an Arms Trade Treaty: Reporting international arms transfers Promoting Discussion on an Arms Trade Treaty, SIPRI-UNIDIR Background Paper, with Mark Bromley and Paul Holtom, Geneva: United Nations, 2012
  • Surplus SALW and Conventional Ammunition in the OSCE Agenda, Contemporary Security Policy, with Yuriy Kryvonos, Volume 29, Number 1, April 2008
  • Five Years of Implementing the UN Programme of Action on Small Arms: Regional analysis of reports submitted by states, with Valerie Yankey-Wayne, Geneva: United Nations, 2006 
  • Implementing the UN Programme of Action on Small Arms: Analysis of reports submitted by states in 2003, with Valerie Yankey-Wayne, Geneva: United Nations, 2004