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  • Commentary posted October 18, 2013 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D. Good news from Washington -- UN Arms Trade Treaty DOA in US Senate

    Sens. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) released a bipartisan letter this week signed by 48 of their colleagues pledging to oppose the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), which Secretary of State John Kerry signed on behalf of the United States in September. This letter makes it clear that the Senate will not ratify the treaty in the foreseeable future.…

  • Commentary posted October 7, 2013 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D. Flexible relations will help Britain achieve a more prosperous future

    In public policy, what starts as the unthinkable can first become simply the impossible, then the undesirable, then the possible, then the inevitable – and, finally, the right choice all along. Forty years ago, permanent British membership of the EEC – as it then was – appeared all but inevitable. Now it’s Britain’s exit that is well into the ‘possible’ stage, with…

  • Commentary posted September 27, 2013 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D. Jihad is the war that won't end

    All wars end eventually. But some don't end when and where you think they will. Take the civil war in Syria. When that conflict ends, the forces opposing Assad will move elsewhere, including to Europe. We may not want to intervene in Syria, but Syria is likely to intervene in us. In the Middle East, strong governments, like Iran's, are often bad. But an absence of…

  • Play Movie Does Obama Need Authorization to Strike Syria? Groves on CNN Video Recorded on September 8, 2013 Does Obama Need Authorization to Strike Syria? Groves on CNN

    Senior Research Fellow Steve Groves discusses whether President Obama needs Congressional authorization to strike Syria on CNN's 'Global Public Square.'…

  • Commentary posted July 19, 2013 by Brett D. Schaefer An Honor System That’s Not Always Reliable

    Diplomatic immunity is vital to the conduct of international diplomacy. But it can be abused. In New York City, for example, we frequently hear of diplomats flouting traffic laws and not paying their tickets. According to the New York City Department of Finance, unpaid tickets totaled $16.7 million through the end of July 2011. The most egregious countries were Egypt…

  • Commentary posted April 26, 2013 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D. Barack Obama's Syrian 'Red Line' Comes Back to Trip Him

    The White House now believes Syrian strongman Bashar Assad has used the poison gas sarin against his own people. Last August, President Barack Obama called the use of chemical weapons a "red line." He now faces a hard choice: Admit his red line was phony or intervene in a conflict he has sought to avoid. The Syrian crisis is not just about sarin. Assad has killed more…

  • Commentary posted April 24, 2013 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D. After Boston, Regard Vladimir Putin's Sympathy with Distrust

    Russian strongman Vladimir Putin expressed his sympathy for the victims of the Boston bombings last week. But make no mistake: Putin sees the bombings as an opportunity to rebuild relations with the United States on his terms. His crocodile tears shouldn't delude us into chasing a second "reset" in relations with Russia. After all, the first reset was one of the Obama…

  • Commentary posted April 16, 2013 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D. Margaret Thatcher's Lesson: To Triumph, Do Your Homework

    Margaret Thatcher, Britain's greatest prime minister since Winston Churchill, will be laid to rest Wednesday. In life, Thatcher never rested. American politicians, who have fallen into a bad habit of legislating for the camera, need to learn her habit of sweating the details instead. Thatcher believed that, in the end, you could only succeed by preparing and thinking. As…

  • Play Movie The Life and Legacy of Margaret Thatcher: Nile Gardiner on 'Cavuto' Video Recorded on April 8, 2013 The Life and Legacy of Margaret Thatcher: Nile Gardiner on 'Cavuto'

    Director of the Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom Nile Gardiner discusses Lady Thatcher's life and legacy on Fox Business' 'Cavuto'.…

  • Commentary posted April 1, 2013 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D. At the UN Arms Trade Treaty Talks, the Dictators Rule the Day

    On Friday, March 29, the negotiating conference for the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty collapsed. The mainstream media, echoing the left-wing advocacy groups that backed the treaty, will tell you that three nations -- Iran, Syria, and North Korea -- blocked a treaty everyone else loved, one that would supposedly bring order to the international trade in conventional arms. The…

  • Commentary posted March 20, 2013 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D. Is Ammunition a Flash Point in the Arms Trade Treaty Negotiations?

    One of the most discussed issues at the U.N.’s Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) conference is whether ammunition should be fully included in the scope of the treaty. Predictably, opinion at the conference is strongly (though not universally) in favor of full inclusion. This mistake illustrates the broader fallacies of the ATT. Currently, ammunition is included in the draft ATT,…

  • Commentary posted March 18, 2013 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D. Multilateralism and the Arms Trade Treaty

    The negotiation of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), which I am observing at the U.N., offers a wonderful environment in which to observe the various species of hypocrisy. But like any zoo, you pretty well know what’s in the cage. Iran will be smoothly menacing, Syria will spit venom, and every developing nation will demand “implementation assistance,” i.e. more foreign aid.…

  • Commentary posted March 12, 2013 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D. US Should Stop Playing Games with the Freedom of the Falkland Islands

    It is hard to understand what the US thinks it is achieving by encouraging Britain to negotiate away the rights of the Falkland Islanders. Yet that is exactly what Washington is doing. Starting with the notorious 2010 press conference with then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Argentine President Cristina Kirchner, a string of US officials have urged Britain to…

  • Commentary posted March 6, 2013 by Luke Coffey Let the Falkland Islanders Be Heard

    Next week, Falkland Islanders will go to the polls to answer a momentous question: “Do you wish the Falkland Islands to retain their current political status as an Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom?” It will be a classic exercise of a people’s right to self-determination. So you would expect the U.S. to back this referendum to the hilt. Sadly, you’d be wrong. As…

  • Commentary posted January 23, 2013 by Nile Gardiner, Ph.D. Hilary Clinton Flounders on Benghazi Front

    It was not exactly a bravura performance today from the Secretary of State, who testified this morning before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. Hillary Clinton came across as defiant, evasive, blasé, and at times hugely unconvincing when answering questions from Republican Senators about the death of four Americans at the hand of Islamist terrorists in…