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    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

    The Arms Trade Treaty, Week Two: As the U.N. Talks, the Senate Acts

    At the United Nations, review continues of the latest draft of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) that was unveiled on Friday. The temperature of the conference is notably lower now, and there is a renewed sense that Thursday is likely to bring agreement on a treaty. True, the Arabs and … More

    The Arms Trade Treaty, Days Four and Five: As the Temperature Rises, the Doors Close

    The row between China and the European Union at the U.N. conference on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) got Thursday off to a heated start. By the time Friday came to a close, it seemed possible that the conference might collapse into the same acrimonious confusion that ended last July’s … More

    The Arms Trade Treaty, Day Three: Turning Up the Pressure on the U.S.

    As the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) conference moved through its third day, the isolation of the United States became ever clearer. The U.S. position is that the current text of the treaty, negotiated last July, needs to be better drafted but should not be substantially changed. Yesterday, it became … More

    Arms Trade Treaty, Day Two: Human Rights and Non-State Actors

    The morning’s discussion at the U.N. on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) brought into focus one of the underlying tensions among the nations negotiating the treaty. While the holier-than-thou contingent wants to use it as a way to restrain oppressive governments, the autocracies view it as a way to prevent … More

    The Arms Trade Treaty, Day One: Potential Roadblocks to Agreement

    The “final” negotiating conference on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) opened in New York at the United Nations on Monday. As we have explained, we believe the ATT is a bad idea, will not work, and poses numerous prudential risks to U.S. interests. But now that the conference has started, … More

    The Arms Trade Treaty and the Second Amendment: Too Risky To Ratify

    On February 26, the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Center for Human Rights issued a white paper on the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), which concludes that “the proposed ATT is consistent with the Second Amendment.” This conclusion neglects important facts about the treaty and the processes surrounding it, which we … More

    The Arms Trade Treaty and the Second Amendment: The Dangers of Transnationalism

    On February 26, the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Center for Human Rights issued a white paper on the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), which concludes that “the proposed ATT is consistent with the Second Amendment.” This conclusion neglects important facts about the treaty and the processes surrounding it, which we … More

    The Arms Trade Treaty and the Second Amendment: Encouraging Executive Actions

    On February 26, the American Bar Association’s Center for Human Rights issued a white paper on the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), which concludes that “the proposed ATT is consistent with the Second Amendment.” This conclusion neglects important facts about the treaty and the processes surrounding it, which we are … More

    Debunked: “Myths” of the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty

    The office of Representative Raul M. Grijalva (D–AZ) distributed a “Dear Colleagues” letter to House Republicans on March 1 that seeks to debunk what it describes as four “myths” about the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). The truth is more complex than the letter allows. Taking the four “myths” in … More