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Video and Text: Hillary Clinton delivers Dean Acheson Lecture at the US Institute of Peace, October 21, 2009

Here is the text of Secretary Clinton’s Lecture:
SECRETARY CLINTON: Good morning. Thank you. Thank you very much. It’s a great honor to be introduced by Ambassador Moose. George and I have had the privilege of working together in the past, and I look forward to his good advice and counsel as we move forward on many of these important matters. …

Video: Michael Posner sworn-in as Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor

It has taken much too long for Michael Posner, President of Human Rights First, to be confirmed and sworn-in as Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. But, in case you missed it, he was formally sworn-in on Friday, October 19th, Many, many congrats to him! The country will greatly benefit from his guidance in our human …

Adam Watson: A Tribute

John Hugh Adam Watson, CMG, was a remarkable man. After an very successful career as a British diplomat– which included service as the British Ambassador to Castro’s Cuba– he became one of the founders of the so-called English School of International Relations Theory. In 2007, at the age of 93, Ambassador Watson died, after making an indelible contribution to both …

Video: Cyber Security, Law, and Policy– with Michael Hayden, Amit Yoran, Suzanne Spaulding, Siobhan Gorman, Wes Spain, James Lewis

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Cyber Security, Law, and Policy

An Integration of Disciplines

October 1, 2009

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Christine Detz on piracy, international law, and the New York Times

In a previous post, I noted a recent article in the New York Times on Somali piracy. From my perspective, the article presented an incorrect characterization of international law dealing with piracy. Following the post, I received a note from a former student, Christine Detz, herself a former journalist, and suggested that she write a post. To my great pleasure, …

Jurisdiction over pirates: Am I missing something?

Over the past year or so, there has been a great deal of press coverage of piracy off the coast of Somalia. On Tuesday, the New York Times reported:
Two Somali men were arraigned on kidnapping charges in a Spanish court on Tuesday in a case that underscores the legal ambiguity of trying people suspected of piracy in international waters. The …

Bainbridge on the Economics Nobel and Oliver Williamson

My dear friend (for almost 40 years!), Steve Bainbridge, has written much in the area of economics. And he is one of the world’s leading experts on law and economics as it relates to public corporations. Today he offers his take on the announcement this morning of the recipients of Nobel Prize in Economics. He notes:
The 2009 Sveriges Riksbank Prize …

Video and text: Dr. Susan Rice, US Ambassador to the UN, on the US approach to the UN

Dr. Rice delivered these remarks at Howard University on October 8, 2000 at the Clarence Clyde Ferguson, Jr. Annual Lecture.  Here is the text as delivered:
Good afternoon every one. Thank you very much for that kind introduction. It’s great to be here with Howard students, faculty, and alumni. I see family members, dear, dear friends who are in effect family …


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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.