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    Arms Trade Treaty: Media Need an Advanced Class on Treaties

    In answering media questions on the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), I have found that hosts frequently state, as a matter of fact, that treaties require a two-thirds Senate majority, and if they don’t get it, they have no legal effect. Like all things, it’s not that simple. Here’s a … More

    Reaction to the Latest Draft of the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty

    In early July, I spent two weeks at the U.N. conference on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). The conference ends on July 27, and I’m back for this final week. The president of the U.N. conference on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) has just released a draft treaty text. Here … More

    5 Fundamental Flaws in the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty

    The overwhelming majority of commentary in the United States on the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) has focused on the possible risks it poses to rights protected under the Second Amendment. There is nothing wrong with being watchful on this front, but the ATT raises broader concerns for U.S. foreign … More

    Syrian Uprising Penetrates Damascus, Kills Defense Minister

    The “Arab Spring” arrived in Damascus with a vengeance this week—despite the brutal repression meted out by the Assad regime. Today, the Syrian defense minister was assassinated in a suicide bombing at the national security headquarters building in the capital. CNN reported that the explosion was caused by a car … More

    Thanks to the American People for Resisting the Law of the Sea Treaty

    The Heritage Foundation and Heritage Action for America have fought steadily for American sovereignty and American naval and maritime rights and against taxation of Americans by international organizations and giveaways of America’s resources to foreign countries. As an important part of that effort, Heritage has opposed ratification by the United … More

    Morning Bell: Harmful U.N. Sea Treaty Stalls in Senate

    A United Nations threat to U.S. sovereignty has been halted. The Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST), a pet project of Senator John Kerry (D-MA), ran aground yesterday when opposition reached critical mass. A total of 34 Senators, led by Jim DeMint (R-SC) and James Inhofe (R-OK), have now expressed … More

    Another U.N. Convention That Poses Threats to U.S. Sovereignty

    Yesterday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing on the U.N.’s Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). As multiple experts—including The Heritage Foundation’s Steven Groves—testified, it is both unnecessary and unwise for the United States to become a party to the Disabilities Convention. The rights of … More

    U.N.'s Arms Trade Treaty: "Why on Earth Would We Sign?"

    Opposition to a proposed United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) is growing over concerns about its possible implications for America’s sovereignty and interests. As Heritage’s Kim Holmes explains in the Washington Times, the language in the draft circulated at the U.N. this week would harm law-abiding nations like the United … More

    Heritage Analyst Speaks to U.N. Arms Trade Treaty Conference

    On Wednesday morning, nongovernmental organizations made presentations to the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) conference. Heritage’s Ted R. Bromund, senior research fellow in Anglo-American relations in the Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom, spoke as follows: Thank you, Mr. President, for the opportunity to offer written remarks to be placed in … More

    A First-Week Roundup from the U.N.'s Arms Trade Treaty Conference

    Here are a few notable events and themes that caught my eye during my first week at the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) conference: The totalitarian states are deviously brilliant. Their representatives have been around for years, so they know everyone, and they know the drill. They waste time expertly … More