In July 2012, the United States will take part in negotiations to develop an Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) at the United Nations. The ATT would be the first treaty regulating the international trade in conventional arms. The absence of such international standards has fueled crime and violence around the world by allowing criminals, terrorists, militant groups, and rogue regimes to be armed with impunity. The United States is playing a key role in Treaty negotiations and has a security, political, commercial, and humanitarian interest in seeing that the Arms Trade Treaty is practical, effective, and enforceable. This panel will explain what the ATT is (and isn't) and allow key U.S. stakeholders, from the government, the global defense industry, and civil society to highlight their views and key issues for the negotiations.

Introduction by:
Lincoln Bloomfield, Jr., Board Chairman, Stimson

With Keynote Address by:
Thomas Countryman, Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Nonproliferation, U.S. Department of State

And a panel discussion with:
Major General Roger R. Blunt (Ret.), CEO, Essex Construction, LLC
Ann Ganzer, Director, Office of Conventional Arms Threat Reduction, Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, U.S. Department of State
Peter Lichtenbaum, Partner, Covington & Burling and former Vice President, BAE Systems, Inc.
Paul O'Brien, Vice President for Policy and Campaigns, Oxfam America

Moderated by:
Rachel Stohl, Fellow, Managing Across Boundaries, Stimson

Hosted by Stimson's Managing Across Boundaries Program.

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