Finding Beauty in the Ugly End to the Arms Trade Treaty Conference: The Discursive Victory

Global Policy‘s Comment and Editorial section just posted my final commentary piece on the Arms Trade Treaty Diplomatic Conference in New York. The negotiations came to a frayed inconclusive end last Friday, stalled by skeptical states like China, Russia, Venezuela, North Korea and Cuba, joined by the United States. In my article, I tell the story of the final day of the conference and its aftermath, concluding that they did not win a new treaty, the civil society campaign won the ‘discursive victory’ — changing the conversation about the arms trade and establishing new norms against dealing weapons to human rights abusers.

Read the article here.

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~ by Matthew Bolton on 30 July 2012.

One Response to “Finding Beauty in the Ugly End to the Arms Trade Treaty Conference: The Discursive Victory”

  1. Matthew, I am a journalist with the Toronto Star in Canada. I am working on a land mine action story and wonder if you want to talk.

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