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Amb. Mark P. Lagon Named President of Freedom House

Freedom House announced today that my dear friend and colleague, Mark P. Lagon, has been selected to be president of the respected human rights organization. The Freedom House press release explains:
Mark P. Lagon, a distinguished scholar of global politics and human rights, and former diplomat, will become president of Freedom House on January 2, 2015, the organization’s Board of Trustees …

Zia Yusuf, CEO of Streetline, to give Philippe Sachs Lecture, Oct 9 at Georgetown University

The Master of Science in Foreign Service Program of Georgetown University is excited to announce that Zia Yusuf (MSFS ’93) will be delivering the Philippe Sachs Lecture on Leadership on October 9 at Noon in the Intercultural Center Auditorium at Georgetown University. The lecture is open to the public.  RSVP for the Lecture at this link.

Yusuf, the CEO and founder of Streetline, …

NEW EDITION: Careers in International Affairs

We are excited to announce the publication of the latest edition of Careers in International Affairs. Following in a great MSFS tradition, this is an up-to-date version of an important resource for anyone interested in exploring careers in the public, private, and non-profit sectors of international affairs.

Congratulations to MSFS alums Laura Cressey, Barrett Helmer and Jen Steffensen for their great contributions …

Forthcoming: Human Dignity and the Future of Globlal Institutions, eds, Mark P. Lagon and Anthony Clark Arend

Mark Lagon and I are excited about the publication of Human Dignity and the Future of Global Institutions.  From the Georgetown University Press website:
What does human dignity mean and what role should it play in guiding the mission of international institutions? In recent decades, global institutions have proliferated—from intergovernmental organizations to hybrid partnerships. The specific missions of these institutions are …

Obama Calls for Ratification of the Law of the Sea Convention– But What is He Doing to Secure Senate Approval?

In his West Point Commencement Address  today, President Obama discussed a variety of foreign policy issues. One area that he explored was the importance of international law. And much to my surprise– and pleasure– he expressed frustration that the Senate has not given advice and consent to the 1982 Convention on the Law of the Sea. The President said:
You see, …

Are Supreme Court Decisions “Final”?

We are always taught that decisions of the Supreme Court are the “final” word on federal law in the United States. But what does this actually mean– especially in this day of instant electronically published opinions? According to a forthcoming article in the Harvard Law Review by my former Georgetown colleague Richard Lazarus, substantive changes may actual be made to …

Video: Syria, Chemical Weapons and International Law

My Doha Lecture on Syria, Chemical Weapons and International Law. Even though this lecture was delivered in December of 2013, the legal analysis remains the same.

Register Now: Georgetown European Summit, Villa Le Balze, Florence, Italy, June 26-28, 2014

Georgetown European Summit!

Sponsored by the Master of Science in Foreign Service Program (MSFS) in the Walsh School of Foreign Service

Register here

Registration for the first ever Georgetown European Summit, brought to you by MSFS, has begun!  This unique conference will be held at Georgetown’s beautiful Villa Le Balze in Florence, Italy from June 26-28. Space is limited to 30 participants.
Join your classmates, guests and the MSFS Georgetown community for a weekend …


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Anthony Clark Arend is Professor of Government and Foreign Service at Georgetown University and the Director of the Master of Science in Foreign Service in the Walsh School of Foreign Service.

Commentary and analysis at the intersection of international law and politics.