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  • Backgrounder posted September 17, 2014 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D., Luke Coffey, Bryan Riley The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP): Economic Benefits and Potential Risks

    In February 2013, President Barack Obama called for a free trade agreement between the United States and the European Union during his State of the Union address. This proposed agreement is now known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). The President’s announcement has been taken by politicians and commentators on both sides of the Atlantic as an…

  • Backgrounder posted September 17, 2014 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D., Nile Gardiner, Ph.D., Luke Coffey The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP): The Geopolitical Reality

    In his February 2013 State of the Union Address, President Barack Obama called for a free trade agreement between the United States and the European Union. This proposed agreement is now known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). The President’s announcement has been taken by politicians and commentators on both sides of the Atlantic as an effort…

  • Commentary posted September 16, 2014 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D. Want to know what UN thinks of 'democracy'? Just look at its Arms Trade Treaty

    As the United Nations starts to celebrate its 70th anniversary, it’s showing Americans the kind of openness it really believes in. The U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), a controversial effort that is highly sensitive in the U.S. due to Second Amendment concerns and worries about its impact on U.S. foreign policy, is nearing the fifty ratifications it needs to come into…

  • Commentary posted September 10, 2014 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D. Murderers more appropriate than Islamic State

    The murderers of journalists Steven Sotloff and James Foley call themselves the Islamic State. And commentators reliably repeat that name. That's wrong -- and dangerous. The Islamist terrorists of the Middle East don't want to make a state. They want to break states. In 1996, Osama bin Laden condemned the United States for dividing the Muslim community "into small and…

  • Commentary posted September 2, 2014 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D. An American’s perspective on the rise of Ukip

    After its triumph in the European elections in May, Ukip was stuck in the doldrums before the backbencher Douglas Carswell electrified politics by resigning his Tory-held seat in Clacton and announcing his intention to stand for the United Kingdom Independence Party in an unexpected by-election. Meanwhile, in the USA, the Tea Party is up one week, down the next. But the…

  • Commentary posted August 27, 2014 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D. How does freedom work? Read these

    This summer marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War. The historical literature on the war is vast, rivaled only by the U.S. Civil War and the Second World War. The Great War's lessons, in the end, are what you make of them. But if you want to know more about the war, here are a few of my personal favorites. No book on the start of the war is more…

  • Commentary posted August 27, 2014 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D. Fight hard to deter, or prepare for a fight

    Historians like to joke that we know a lot about big wars. For example, odd-numbered wars, like World War I, always start in the Balkans, whereas even-numbered ones, like World War II, begin in Poland. The point of the joke is that every war is unique, and so sheds only hazy light on today. The impulse to learn from the history of the First World War, which began 100…

  • Commentary posted August 6, 2014 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D. An Assault on Sovereignty in Israel, Ukraine

    At a conference in Israel earlier this month, the White House's Middle East coordinator, Philip Gordon, spoke the magic word: sovereignty. Unfortunately, for the White House, it's just a word. From Israel to Ukraine, today's crises show what happens when the world forgets what sovereignty requires. Speaking in Tel Aviv, Gordon urged Israel to "end the occupations and…

  • Commentary posted July 15, 2014 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D. At NGO Day at the U.N. Programme of Action, Forthright Talk from Canada

    Today’s meeting of the U.N.’s Programme of Action on Small Arms (PoA) focused on statements by non-governmental organizations. As far as the conservative organizations go, the direct impact of these is minimal: most everyone else in the room is on the other team. But these statements do serve the vital purpose of reminding even the most committed U.N. gun-controllers…

  • Commentary posted July 15, 2014 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D. Liberals Speak, a Conservative Responds

    Just before the 4th of July, the Pew Research Center released a fascinating study of Americans' political beliefs, dividing them into seven categories from "steadfast conservatives" to "solid liberals." But what separates liberals and conservatives isn't always what they believe. It's why they believe. By Pew's standards, I should be a liberal: I use public…

  • Commentary posted July 15, 2014 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D. At the U.N., An Ever So Small Win Against Gun Control

    If you’ve never attended what’s commonly described as a debate at the United Nations, you might believe that the U.N. actually proceeds by debate. You would be wrong. Much of what happens is cut and dried well in advance. This week’s “Programme of Action” meeting on the illicit small-arms trade, for example — the PoA I began describing on the Corner yesterday — published…

  • Commentary posted July 8, 2014 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D. In the Middle East, an Avalanche of Disasters

    The past weeks have brought an avalanche of disasters for the United States in the wider Middle East. Unless the Obama administration changes course, the coming months will bring worse. The administration's premise is that radical Islamist groups such as al-Qaeda and ISIS pose a greater threat to the United States than Iran. As the White House sees it, Iran is not the…

  • Commentary posted July 2, 2014 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D. At the Close of the U.N.’s Programme of Action, Wins—and a Few Losses—For the U.S.

    The U.N. Programme of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons (PoA), which I’ve been covered for the Corner over the past week, wrapped up on Friday afternoon with a consensus outcome — i.e., one that’s unanimously tolerated, if not unanimously liked. In the field of firearms, nothing that the U.N. does can be genuinely good for the U.S., but as these things go, the PoA…

  • Commentary posted July 2, 2014 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D. The U.N.’s Unique Species of Hypocrisy, Arms-Trafficking Edition

    It would be a wearying task to catalog every kind of hypocrisy on display at this week’s meeting of the U.N.’s Programme of Action on Small Arms — the PoA, where the main issues I set out for the Corner yesterday continue to be a focus of discussion. But the main principal species of lies, evasions, and question-begging at Turtle Bay are worth recording, precisely because…

  • Commentary posted July 1, 2014 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D. The World Cup/Olympics Traveling Circus

    Jurgen Klinsmann, the coach of the U.S. soccer team, caught flak this past week for saying that it's "not realistic" to believe that his men can win the World Cup. While a U.S. victory would indeed be a shock, the most unrealistic thing about the World Cup is the wider hopes that are pinned on it. In 1994, the United States hosted what remains, by measure of attendance,…