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A Losing Battle: International Law Against National Law

The force behind international law becomes compromised as key players in the international community put sovereignty before international agreements. Continue reading

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Sovereignty in the Age of International Intervention

States need to better incorporate the cost of intervention on state sovereignty when weighing the merits of regime change. Continue reading

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Out of Control: Managing non-State Militias

This essay seeks to examine ways in which national political identity influences government options in controlling powerful non-state militias. Continue reading

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Airstrikes in Syria: Legitimacy of Regional Coalitions

U.S. airstrikes in Syria may be a critical step in changing legitimate international behavior in the face of state sovereignty norms. Continue reading

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ISIS In Iraq: A Kurdish Opportunity

While media attention has focused on the recent escalation in turmoil in Iraq, less attention has been given to the drastic geopolitical realignment reflected by this crisis. In particular, this fighting has opened a tremendous opportunity for the expansion of … Continue reading

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Fears Unfounded: Russia and Narva

With Putin’s recent encouragement of Crimean independence and subsequent unification with the Russian mainland, some fear that the annexation of Crimea may have been just the first in a number of “territorial rectifications.” In particular, analysts point to Eastern Estonia … Continue reading

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Russia and Crimea: International Law and Sovereignty

When Barack Obama characterized Russia’s behavior as a “violation of international law,” his words were not strictly true. Obama was referring to the official United States policy that Russia’s military intervention and protectionist presence within the Crimea region transgressed the … Continue reading

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