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U.S. exit from Arms Trade Treaty forfeits input on a global challenge

President Trump at lectern holding up signed document
President Trump displaying a signed document rejecting the UN Arms Trade Treaty, at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum in Indianapolis on April 26. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

President Trump's announcement on Friday that the U.S. will “unsign” the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) further erodes the global norms of international weapons sales.

Why it matters: The ATT is intended to contribute to international peace and security and reduce the human suffering caused by illegal and irresponsible arms trading. The agreement also promotes transparency and accountability in a global market that's worth nearly $100 billion a year but has largely been handled in the shadows.

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Under Trump, U.S. drone strike policy is looser and less transparent

U.S. Air Force Predator drones at base at night
U.S. Air Force MQ-1B Predator unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) at an air base in the Persian Gulf region. Photo: John Moore/Getty Images

U.S. use of armed drones remains controversial, in large part because of ongoing secrecy surrounding the use of lethal drone strikes outside of traditional battlefields and the lack of accountability that goes hand in hand with the absence of transparency.

Why it matters: In the first 18 months of Trump's presidency, U.S. drone policy appears to have become less restrained, transparent and accountable.

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With eye on exports boost, Trump admin revises arms transfer policies

Reaper drone flying
An MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft. Photo: Isaac Brekken/Getty Images

The Trump administration released new conventional arms transfer (CAT) and drone export policies last week.

Why it matters: The policies further Trump's goal of increasing U.S. arms exports, and depart from those of previous administrations by prioritizing economic interests over foreign policy objectives and national security concerns.