Issue Brief posted November 13, 2015
The U.S. Should Reject the European Commission’s Proposed Investment Court
The proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the United States and the European Union, if negotiated successfully, will certainly contain a mechanism for resolving disputes related to the treaty. The current model for Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) panels is widely used, but also wrongly controversial, particularly in Europe.
Backgrounder posted October 9, 2015
The Economic and Geopolitical Benefits of Free Trade in Energy Resources
Given its abundance of natural resources and the recent growth in domestic energy production, the United States is in a position to export far more energy than American trade laws currently allow. Free trade is imperative to a free society, as it fosters economic growth and improves human well-being. Policymakers should treat energy like any other good or service that is…
Issue Brief posted September 29, 2015
Ten Reasons to Rethink U.S. Support for British Membership of the European Union
By the end of 2017, likely in 2016, Britain will hold a referendum on the results of Prime Minister David Cameron’s pledged renegotiation of the terms of British membership of the European Union. If the public rejects those terms, Britain will likely exit the EU. The “Brexit” referendum will be the most important event in Britain’s EU membership since a similar referendum…
Issue Brief posted August 21, 2015
The U.S. Must Uphold the Arms Trade Treaty’s Limits at the First Conference of States Parties
The first Conference of States Parties (CSP) to the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) will be held in Cancun, Mexico, on August 24–27, 2015. This CSP will establish the rules of procedure for this and all future CSPs, decide how to organize and fund the treaty secretariat, adopt procedures for the reporting mandated by the treaty, and perhaps begin the campaign to amend the treaty.…
Issue Brief posted July 20, 2015
The Failings and Structural Irrelevance of the U.N.’s Small-Arms Process
In 2001, the United Nations created the Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat, and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects (PoA). The PoA is not a treaty. Rather, it is a political mechanism for encouraging voluntary cooperation.
On June 1–5, 2015, the Second Meeting of Governmental Experts (MGE2) under the PoA was held in New York…