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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

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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 …

Georgetown University Names Dr. Erwin Tiongson MSFS Concentration Chair for International Development

Dr. Erwin Tiongson will be joining the Master of Science in Foreign Service Program (MSFS) in the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in August as Professor in the Practice of International Affairs and Concentration Chair for International Development.
Dr. Tiongson is currently a Senior Economist at the World Bank for Latin America and the Caribbean Region. Prior to …

On Remotely Piloted Aircraft

From The Hoya:
The Georgetown Amnesty International and The Asian Studies Program held the second event of the Drone Awareness Project, “Drones and International Law” on Wednesday.
The discussion featured Anthony Arend, government professor and the director of the Master of Science in Foreign Service, who focused on the use of drones since the 9/11 attacks and their associated legality on an international …

A legal obligation to use force to protect Ukraine? The 1994 Budapest Agreement

With the tense situation in Ukraine, there has been much discussion about the so-called Budapest Memorandum, in which the United States, Great Britain, and Russia reaffirmed their commitment to “to respect the independence and sovereignty and the existing borders of Ukraine.” Two questions: Is this a legally binding agreement under international law? Does this agreement mean that the United States …

Ben Wittes Offers his Initial Thoughts on Judge Pauley’s Opinion in ACLU v. Clapper

Over at Lawfare, Ben Wittes notes, in part:
On the merits, I agree with Judge Pauley that—at the lower court level, at least—there is just no way around the fact that Smith v. Maryland controls the metadata question under the Fourth Amendment. The Supreme Court may want to revisit this question, but there no way for lower courts to do it. Judge Pauley …

In Memoriam: Inis L. Claude, Jr.

It is with great sadness that I share with you the news that Professor Inis L. Claude, Jr., passed away on December 23, 2013. Professor Claude was my mentor, my teacher and my friend. It was my honor to have had him as my dissertation adviser.
Inis Claude was a legend in the field of international relations. His classic works, including …

Breaking: Federal District Judge Pauley Finds NSA Bulk Metadata Collection Constitutional

In contrast to Judge Richard Leon’s opinion issued last week in Klayman v. Obama, Federal District Judge William Pauley ruled today in ACLU v. Clapper that the NSA Bulk Telephony Metadata Collection program does not violate the Fourth or First Amendments to the Constitution. Drawing upon the Supreme Court’s decision in Smith v. Maryland, Judge Pauley held that that persons …

Video and Text: Pope Francis’s Urbi et Orbi Christmas Address


Here, via Vatican Radio, is the complete text of the Pope’s address.
Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace among those whom he favours (Lk 2:14)
Dear brothers and sisters in Rome and throughout the whole world, Greetings and Happy Christmas!
I take up the song of the angels who appeared to the shepherds in Bethlehem on the night when Jesus was …

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Welcome! Who am I?

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.