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    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, 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

    Syrian Crisis Threatens U.N. Peacekeepers

    As the Syrian civil war escalates, it is increasingly spilling over Syria’s borders to threaten Syria’s neighbors and the long-established U.N. peacekeeping forces deployed along Syria’s border with Israel. On Wednesday, Syrian rebels captured 21 peacekeeping troops from the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in the Golan Heights near … More

    United Nations: U.S. Should Get More Bang for Its Buck

    Shouldn’t American foreign aid be aimed at nations that promote and support the initiatives and priorities of the United States in the United Nations? This is the focus of The Heritage Foundation’s recent Issue Brief titled “U.N. General Assembly: Foreign Aid Recipients Vote Against the U.S.” As authors Brett Schaefer … More

    United Nations Conceals Inconvenient Salary Data

    The International Civil Service Commission (ICSC) recently updated its information on salaries for U.N. personnel, but it is concealing some very important information. Earlier this week, I wrote a paper using U.N. information detailing how net remuneration for U.N. professional staff is 31.3 percent higher than that of theirU.S. equivalents … More

    Comedian in Chief: Obama Snubs World Leaders for Talk Shows

    Where is President Obama? Yakking it up on television and radio with comedians and chat shows. That is, when he is not out raising funds for his reelection. Last Tuesday, the President gave a full hour to late night comedy host David Letterman. On September 11 of all days, he … More

    30-Year-Old Law of the Sea Treaty Still Not Worth It

    It’s Round 2 in President Obama’s effort to get the U.S. Senate to agree to ratification of a major international treaty. Late last year, the President successfully pressed the Senate to ratify the New START treaty with Russia, which dealt with nuclear weapons. Now, it’s ramping up pressure on another … More

    Chances for U.S. Success in Kampala Take a Hit

    In the International Criminal Court (ICC) Review Conference’s discussion of the “crime of aggression,” the U.S. agenda — convincing ICC member states to adopt a version of the “crime of aggression” that would prevent the ICC from investigating or prosecuting individuals for that crime without an express determination by the … More