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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

    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

    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

    The Arms Trade Treaty: The Big Lie About July 2012

    One of the unreported stories about the negotiation of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) at the United Nations is the effort by many U.N. members, supplemented by nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), to blame the failure of the first negotiating conference last July on the United States. This story demonstrates the widespread … More

    The End of the Arms Trade Treaty Conference Is Not the End of the Treaty

    Late on Thursday, the U.N. conference on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) fell apart when Iran, North Korea, and Syria opposed the treaty. This was a surprise to virtually all the conference observers. By mid-day Friday, almost everyone thought the treaty would get done that day, if only because the … More

    Morning Bell: 3 Reasons the U.N.'s Arms Treaty Is Useless

    It sounds nice to say there could be a treaty that would make all nations responsible when it comes to their arms exports. Of course, it’s also impossible. The latest draft of the U.N.’s Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), which would regulate imports and exports of arms around the world, failed … More