Issue Brief posted August 19, 2016
The Goals the U.S. Should Pursue at the 2016 Conference of States Parties to the Arms Trade Treaty
From August 22 to 26, the second Conference of States Parties (CSP2) to the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) will be held in Geneva. The United States is a signatory of the ATT, in force since December 2014—but as the Obama Administration has not transmitted this treaty to the Senate for its advice and consent, the U.S. is not party to the ATT, which purportedly seeks to regulate…
Issue Brief posted June 22, 2016
Why Brexit Will Promote European, British, and American Security
On June 23, Britain will hold a referendum on its membership in the European Union. Opponents of a British exit from the EU assert that a “Brexit” would be bad for both British security and the peace of Europe. Indeed, on May 9, British Prime Minister David Cameron, a supporter of Britain’s EU membership, implied that Brexit risks causing a European war.
Issue Brief posted June 1, 2016
U.S. Goals at the 2016 Meeting 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 6–10, the Sixth Biennial Meeting of States (BMS6) under the PoA will be held in New York City.…
News Releases posted May 20, 2016
What is "Brexit" and Why Does it Matter?
On June 23, Great Britain will vote in a nationwide referendum to decide if it wants to remain part of the European Union. If Britain exits – Brexit – it will remain a member of NATO, but it will recover the freedom to make its own trade agreements and write its own laws.
President Obama believes that it’s in the interests of the U.S. that Britain stay in the European…
Issue Brief posted May 18, 2016
America’s Outdated Europe Policy: In 2017, the Next President Must Adapt to New Reality
Since the end of World War II, U.S. policy toward Europe has drifted, without deliberate thought, far from its initial premises—while Europe itself has changed beyond recognition. It is time that the U.S. recognized this fact. The incoming President should direct the National Security Council (NSC) to oversee a comprehensive study of U.S. policy toward Europe, a study to…
Issue Brief posted May 17, 2016
Straight Talk on the ISDS Provisions in the Trans-Pacific Partnership
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), an investment and trade agreement signed last February between the U.S. and 11 other Pacific Rim nations, contains enforcement provisions, including an Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) mechanism, for resolving potential investment disputes related to the agreement.
Today, the ISDS system is used widely around the globe to help…
Issue Brief posted April 27, 2016
Britain at the “Back of the Queue”? Why Obama Is Wrong About Trade and Brexit
During an April 22 press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron, President Barack Obama stated that, were Britain to leave the European Union, Britain would end up at the “back of the queue” for a trade deal with the United States.
Observers wrongly understood this to mean that the U.S. would not negotiate with Britain until it had completed negotiations…