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Why It Matters That Expected Arms Sales Rose Sharply Under Trump’s Final Year in Office

If there’s one thing we can learn from the Trump administration’s final-year arms sales extravaganza, it’s that we can’t expect administrations to abide by norms that aren’t set into law. We need stronger regulatory frameworks, particularly on transparency. This is critical to ensuring the international community can continue to monitor foreign arms sales, that arms sales aren’t at odds with diplomatic priorities, and that the United States gets closer to a more responsible arms sales policy.

Secretary Tillerson meets with ASEAN Ambassadors to the U.S. in March 2017 (Photo courtesy of U.S. State Department on Flickr)

Renewed Friendship: Deepening Security Ties Between the U.S. and ASEAN

In 2011, President Barack Obama made the security of the Asia-Pacific region “a top priority” for the United States. Nine years later, tensions with China have escalated dramatically. These tensions cast a dark cloud over the future of U.S.-China relations, as well as the national and economic security of both Washington and Beijing.