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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, …

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

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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 …

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 …


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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.