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America’s Outdated Europe Policy: In 2017, the Next President Must Adapt to New Reality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…
Backgrounder posted March 28, 2016
The 2017 NDAA Should Begin Rebuilding America’s Military
The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is an annual bill that sets policies and budgets for the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD). This bill and the defense appropriations bill are Congress’s two annual major pieces of defense legislation. With the release of the Obama Administration’s fiscal year (FY) 2017 budget request, Congress has begun working on the NDAA.…
Issue Brief posted January 14, 2016
Top 10 Areas for Congressional Action on the Arms Trade Treaty in 2016
The Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), which Congress has rightly opposed, entered into force on December 24, 2014. The U.S. signed the ATT on September 25, 2013, but the Administration has yet to transmit the treaty to the Senate. The first Conference of States Parties (CSP) to the ATT was held in Cancun, Mexico, on August 24–27, 2015. The CSP set out the rules of procedure for…