The New Geopolitics of the Arms Trade Treaty

The New Geopolitics of the Arms Trade Treaty

The New Geopolitics of the Arms Trade Treaty

By Tobias Vestner, Head of Security and Law at the GCSP

The 2013 Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) sets international standards for the transfer of conventional weapons. The United States was heavily involved in the treaty’s negotiation but has moved to the sidelines during the Trump administration, whereas China now engages more actively. In light of shifting balances of power and rising great power competition, these developments have several effects on the ATT and international cooperation regarding global arms transfers, eventually indicating a new phase of multilateralism in international security.

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