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Cogratulations to MSFS Alum Denis McDonough, New White House Chief of Staff

Many congrats to Georgetown alum Denis McDonough (MSFS 1996) on his appointment as White House Chief of Staff. The Walsh School of Foreign Service reports:

Denis McDonough, a 1996 recipient of the Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) degree from SFS, has been tapped by President Barack Obama to serve as his Chief of Staff.
McDonough is a member of the …

Dan Porterfield: The Enduring Ideals of Dr. King

My dear friend Dan Porterfield, President of Franklin & Marshall College, offered these observations in the Huffington Post. I was 9 years-old when Dr. King was assassinated. My father and I were watching television on the evening of April 4, 1968 when the special bulletin interrupted the program. I remember my father being troubled. And I remember not knowing who …

GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: Professor in the Practice of International Affairs and Concentration Chair, International Business, MSFS Program

Professor in the Practice of International Affairs and Concentration Chair for International Business,Master of Science in Foreign Service Program

The Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service of Georgetown University invites applications for a three-year, renewable, non-tenure-track position as a Professor in the Practice of International Affairs and Concentration Chair for International Business beginning in August 2013. This position will have teaching and administrative responsibilities in …

Nannerl O. Keohane,”Who Leads in a Democracy?”– The Inauguaral Philippe Sachs Lecture, February 25, Georgetown University

John J. DeGioia
President of Georgetown University
and
The Master of Science in Foreign Service
cordially invite you to the
Inaugural Philippe Sachs Lecture in Leadership
by Dr. Nannerl O. KeohanePresident Emerita of Duke University
“Who Leads in a Democracy?”Monday, February 25, 2013
4:00 – 5:30 pm
ICC Auditorium, Intercultural Center
Georgetown University
A reception will follow in the ICC Galleria
RSVP Required: http://keohane.eventbrite.com

Nan Keohane writes and teaches in political …

Creating a “Global Trust for the Rule of Law”

My dear friend and Georgetown MSFS colleague, Ambassador Mark P. Lagon, has recently proposed the creation of a new global fund– a Global Trust for the Rule of Law. As a guest blogger at The Water’s Edge, Lagon explains:
Countless treaties and numerous laws that guarantee rights have been signed and passed. However, many countries—primarily the developing countries—need help …

The Kiobel Transcript

The transcript from today’s oral argument in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum can be found here. I have not yet had the chance to read the transcript, but Lyle Denniston of SCOTUSblog provides the following analysis:

Clearly wary of turning U.S. courts into monitors of rogue governments around the world, an apparent majority of the Supreme Court opened the new Term …

Supreme Court to hear arguments tomorrow on whether the Alien Tort Statute applies to violations abroad

As noted in a previous post, last March, the Supreme Court ordered the reargument of Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum (Esther Kiobel is pictured above, center). That reargument will take place tomorrow, the first day of the Court’s new Term. At issue, of course, is the status of the Alien Tort Statute (ATS), 28 USC § 1350, first incorporated in …

Byman and King on “Phantom States”– More evidence of a neo-medieval international system

My colleagues (and friends!) Dan Byman and Charles King have a  fascinating article in The Washington Quarterly on “The Mystery of Phantom States.” In this piece, they explore the existence of polities that seem to have de facto statehood, like Abkhazia, South Ossetia, Nagorno—Karabakh and the Dniester Moldovan Republic. They argue:
Seeing phantom statehood as simply a legitimacy problem or a …


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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.