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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.
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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 …

Text of the Iranian Nuclear Agreement

 
Joint Plan of Action
Preamble
The goal for these negotiations is to reach a mutually-agreed long-term comprehensive solution that would ensure Iranˈs nuclear program will be exclusively peaceful. Iran reaffirms that under no circumstances will Iran ever seek or develop any nuclear weapons. This comprehensive solution would build on these initial measures and result in a final step for a period to …

The Gettysburg Address: 150 Years Later

 
At a time when leadership is sorely lacking in the United States and elsewhere, it is appropriate to pause and recall the words of a true transformational leader, Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln was an inspiring orator, but he also got things done. He was able to be transactional as necessary. Too often today, we have government officials who utter lofty words, …

Kah Walla, Cameroonian Activist and former Presidential Candidate, will speak on “Leadership: Africa in the World and Women in Africa,” Thur, Nov 21, 2013, 12:15

The Master of Science in Foreign Service
cordially invites you to
The Second Annual Philippe Sachs Lecture in Leadership by

Kah Walla
Cameroonian Entrepreneur, Leading Female Activist, and Elected Official
“Leadership: Africa in the World
and Women in Africa”
Thursday, November 21, 2013
12:15 – 1:45 pm
ICC Auditorium, Intercultural Center
Georgetown University
To RSVP or for more information, please click here.

After an impressive entry into national politics in 2007, Kah Walla is today …


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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.