President Donald Trump recently announced that he would withdraw the United States from the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty, a move that analysts at The Heritage Foundation have long advocated.
The Arms Trade Treaty is an international agreement that attempts to limit the sale of arms abroad. It was backed by a coalition of left-wing, non-governmental organizations and gun-control proponents.
The Arms Trade Treaty “has no substantive achievements and is fundamentally unserious, but its effort to promote norms to shape U.S. policymaking poses significant risks to U.S. security,” says Ted Bromund, a research fellow in Heritage’s Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom. “To the extent that the treaty reduces arms exports from the West, it can only have the perverse effects of driving potential importers to buy from China or Russia—or to develop their own indigenous arms industries that will not fall under the treaty’s purview.”
Learn more about how Heritage’s influence helped untangle the United States from this treaty: Heritage Research Influences Trump Administration Decision to Withdraw from U.N. Arms Trade Treaty
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