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The End of the U.N.'s Arms Trade Treaty—for Now
Posted By Ted R. Bromund, Ph.D. On July 30, 2012 @ 3:00 pm In Featured | Comments Disabled
On Friday, the negotiating conference for the U.N.’s Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) crashed to short-term failure. After four weeks, the clock ran out.
The ATT was an effort to strike a deal between the Europeans and the Americans—who hoped (wrongly) that a treaty would force inept and dictatorial states to clean up their acts—and the rest of the world’s nations, who wanted an ATT that officially recognized their right to buy and sell arms, clamped down on the rebels troubling them, or merely offered another avenue to request foreign aid. Ultimately, while the political push behind the ATT was strong, it was not strong enough to get this bad deal done before the clock struck midnight.
Predictably, the treaty’s supporters are already blaming the U.S.  for their temporary failure, despite the fact that no U.S. Administration is likely to be friendlier to the ATT than the Obama Administration. The conference did unravel on the final Friday after the U.S. stated that time had run out, but it was not the U.S. that stopped the ATT. It was reality. After the U.S. spoke, a number of other nations followed, all agreeing with the U.S. As is too often the case, the U.S. took a reasonable stand and the rest of the world either hid behind it or grandstanded against it.
After spending the better part of thee weeks at the U.N. watching the negotiations, I have four concluding thoughts about it:
In other words, this is not the end of the process. It is the end of a phase. No one who was concerned about the ATT should be under any illusions that this is more than a tactical defeat for the treaty—or the U.N.’s broader program, of which the ATT is only a part .
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URLs in this post:
 already blaming the U.S.: http://www.voanews.com/content/united-nations-talks-fail-to-produce-arms-trade-treaty/1448255.html
 exceptional : http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2010/09/why-is-america-exceptional
 letter: http://moran.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/news-releases?ID=2b02a67f-2179-41fc-be55-3502163c8510
 letter : http://kelly.house.gov/press-release/rep-kelly-voices-concerns-un-arms-trade-treaty-att
 second : http://blog.heritage.org../../../../../2012/07/27/att-the-beginning-of-the-end-game/
 first: http://blog.heritage.org../../../../../2012/07/24/reaction-to-the-latest-draft-of-the-u-n-arms-trade-treaty/
 wants: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2012/07/195622.htm
 part: http://www.poa-iss.org/poa/poahtml.aspx
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