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    Arms Trade Treaty: Congress Warns White House on Backdoor Implementation

    On the first anniversary of the United Nations’ adoption of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), Senator Jerry Moran (R–KS) and Representative Mike Kelly (R–PA) sent powerful messages rejecting the White House’s efforts to implement the treaty outside the ratification process. As we have explained, the ATT is a severely flawed … More

    Blame-America-First Crowd Ignores Terrorist Threats and Dictators

    The U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) is an ambiguous, inherently flawed treaty. It’s also the creation of liberal non-governmental organizations (NGOs) whose attitude is simple: blame America first. When Secretary of State John Kerry signed the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) on September 25, he paid tribute to these NGOs, … More

    Senate Decisively Rejects U.N. Arms Trade Treaty

    The U.S. Senate responded decisively today to Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent signature on the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). In a bipartisan letter led by Senators Jerry Moran (R–KS) and Joe Manchin (D–WV), half of the Senate has officially pledged to oppose the ratification of the ATT. The … More

    As Kerry Signs “Less Than Useless” U.N. Arms Trade Treaty, Congress Responds

    Today, Secretary of State John Kerry signed the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) on behalf of the United States. The reaction from Congress has been immediate, and rightfully so. In his remarks at the Signing Ceremony, Secretary Kerry offered the usual tired justifications for the treaty, which will supposedly “lift … More

    The Connections Between Syria and the Arms Trade Treaty

    The Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) is part of the Syrian story in two ways. First, one response urged by some, including President Obama, is for the U.S. to arm selected elements among the Syrian rebels. But the liberal nongovernmental organizations that drove the negotiation of the ATT are already arguing … More

    The Impending U.S. Signature of the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty

    The United States could be free to sign the United Nations’ Arms Trade Treaty as soon as Thursday. When the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) opened for national signatures on June 3, Secretary of State John Kerry welcomed it with open arms, noting that the U.S. “look[ed] forward to signing it … More

    Syria: Would the U.N. ATT Ban U.S. Aid to the Rebels?

    Proponents of the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) assert that the treaty prevents signatories from supporting not only the Syrian opposition but future rebellions against other totalitarian regimes. The Geneva Academy argues that the transfer of arms to a non-state actor “could amount to a violation” of the treaty. At … More

    The Magical Thinking Behind the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty

    When the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) opened for signature on June 3, 67 nations signed immediately. The U.S. was not among them, but U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced  that the U.S. would sign “as soon as the process of conforming the official translations is completed satisfactorily,” which … More

    As U.N. Arms Trade Treaty Opens for Signature, Opposition Rises on Hill

    The U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) opens for national signature today, and has already been signed by at least 55 nations. The U.S. has announced that it will sign the ATT in the near future, once all foreign language translations are satisfactorily completed, which will happen by August 28, 2013, … More

    ATT Could Stymie Arms Export Control Reform

    Reform of the U.S. arms export control took a major step forward this week when the Departments of State and Commerce released final rules governing aircraft and gas turbine engines. However, the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), which the Obama Administration voted to adopt at the United Nations earlier this month, … More