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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 …

Brian Kritz: The Crime of the Knowing and Intentional Spread of HIV/AIDS and The International Criminal Court

Check out this new article by my dear friend and colleague Brian Kritz– The Crime of the Knowing and Intentional Spread of HIV/AIDS and The International Criminal Court. As Kritz explains:
This article assesses the feasibility of, and potential for, an ICC case charging a responsible individual or individuals with the crime of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, for …

Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons wins Nobel Peace Prize

In a somewhat surprising move, the Norwegian Nobel Committee has awarded the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. The Committee press release notes:
The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2013 is to be awarded to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) for its extensive efforts to …

Constitute: A New Website on Comparative Constitutions

 

Check out, Constitute, a new website on the world’s constitutions. It is an amazing, searchable database. As the website explains:
Constitute allows you to interact with the world’s constitutions in a few different ways.

Quickly find relevant passages. The Comparative Constitutions Project has tagged passages of each constitution with a topic — e.g., “right to privacy” or “equality regardless of gender” — so you can …

Text: UN Security Resolution on Syria (Resolution 2118)

 
United Nations Security Council Resolution 2118
(adopted unanimously, September 27, 2013)
“The Security Council,
 
“Recalling the Statements of its President of 3 August 2011, 21 March 2012, 5 April 2012, and its resolutions 1540 (2004), 2042 (2012) and 2043 (2012),
 
“Reaffirming its strong commitment to the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic,
 
“Reaffirming that the proliferation of chemical weapons, as well as their means of delivery, constitutes a threat to international peace and security,
 
“Recalling that …

Video: John Kerry on the Security Council Resolution on Syria

Remarks at the United Nations Security Council

Remarks

John Kerry
Secretary of State

New York City

September 27, 2013

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Thank you very much, and thank you, Mr. Secretary General, distinguished minister members of the Security Council.
Five weeks ago, the world saw rows upon rows of murdered children lying on a hospital floor alone or beside slain parents, all wrapped in un-bloodied burial …

Bill Clinton on the President’s Constitutional Authority to Enforce International Law

On Fareed Zakaria this morning, former President Bill Clinton discussed the authority of the president to use force without Congressional authorization. In response to a question, Clinton indicated that the president did not need to get Congressional authorization because Syria had violated international law by using chemical weapons.
This strikes me as a remarkable claim: that the President can use military …


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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.