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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 …

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 …

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 …

Text of the Iranian Nuclear Agreement

Joint Plan of Action
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, …

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 …

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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.