A senior U.S. State Department official made clear today that the United States--the world's largest weapons exporter--will sign the new Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). Assistant Secretary of State Thomas Countryman told an audience at theShow More Summary
On April 2, the U.N. passed the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) by a 153-4 vote, with the U.S. voting in favor. President Obama is expected to sign the ATT on June 3, but it will not be binding on Americans because the Senate, which must approve the ratification of the treaty, rejected it by a vote of 53 to 46. Show More Summary
Danielle Rajendram is a Research Associate in the Lowy Institute's International Security Program whose work focuses on India and China-India relations. What do Indians really think about Australia? In case you missed it, the Lowy Institute...Show More Summary
When the British courts became aware of the kickbacks linked to the Al-Yamamah mega arms contracts, Tony Blair tried to hush up the affair by any means. Ultimately, leaks prevented from hiding any longer that hundreds of millions of pounds had been diverted to finance international terrorism. Show More Summary
Arms expert Rachel Stohl had a piece in the New York Times last week chiding the administration for its mixed signals on whether President Obama would sign the brand new Arms Trade Treaty. In the course of the piece, she whacks U.S.Show More Summary
Two prisoners at Guantanamo Bay explain why they are on a hunger strike. John Bolton and John Yoo argue that the UN arms trade treaty will not bind North Korea, Syria, Iran, Russia and China, but will provide political cover for Obama to pass gun control measures. Show More Summary
April 2, 2013 was a great day for those in favor of the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty.
On April 2, a landmark treaty regulating the U.S. $70 billion conventional weapons trade was approved by the 193-member United Nations General Assembly in New York. Besides regulating business in conventional arms, the UN Arms Trade Treaty – which received 154 votes – aims to link sales of arms to a country’s human rights record. Show More Summary
When we launched the Control Arms campaign more than a decade ago, only Mali, Costa Rica and Cambodia were prepared to publicly stand with us in demanding the treaty.
Once again India has been forced to abstain from voting in favour of a discriminatory global Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) – after its unpleasant experience with the NPT and the CTBT in the past. The treaty, aimed at laying down common international standards and limiting the illicit sale of conventional arms, was passed by the [...]
I have a very personal reason for having pursued a lifesaving ATT that protects human rights.
Yesterday we talked about Senator Rand Paul’s opposition to the U.N. arms trade treaty — which Paul claims will lead to “gun CONFISCATION” — and what that explains about our inability to achieve any progress on guns or other important … Continue reading ?
On Tuesday, the UN general assembly overwhelmingly voted to approve the first global Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) which seeks to regulate the trade in conventional weapons and keep weapons out of the hands of human rights abusers. China was one of 23 states to abstain from the final vote, but declined to vote 'no' alongside frequent UN-allies Syria, North Korea, and Iran. [ more › ]
The United Nations has overwhelmingly approved (154-3 with 23 abstentions) a landmark treaty regulating trade in conventional arms. The legally-binding treaty sets international standards to regulate the import, export and transfer of conventional weapons – from battle tanks, warships and attack helicopters to small arms and light weapons. Show More Summary
You can hardly tell us apart! You'd think you could read this and say "good news," right? Following seven years of negotiations, the Arms Trade Treaty was approved by the U.N. General Assembly, 154 to 3... The ATT's purpose is not about...Show More Summary
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The new global arms trade treaty was overwhelmingly approved by the United Nations, with U.S. backing, but it was clear on Wednesday it faces a tough fight for ratification by U.S. senators who contend it could affect Americans'...
THE UNITED NATIONS -- On the day the Arms Trade Treaty was scheduled to face a consensus vote by 193 countries, ending the years-long process to establish an international agreement to curtail arms trafficking to nations torn by conflict, I listened to a member of the Liberian delegation explain his country's concerns. Show More Summary
The Arms Trade Treaty has been working its way through the United Nations, and at times, appeared to be struggling. But yesterday, with the support of the Obama administration, the ATT drew strong international backing.