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An AUMF for ISIL

By   /  January 30, 2015  /  Trending Topics  /  No Comments

During his State of the Union address on January 20, President Obama formally called on Congress to pass a new Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). The Administration has faced criticism in both academic circles and the editorial pages over the perceived lack […]

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South China Sea Arbitration: Sink, Swim, or Abstain

By   /  January 28, 2015  /  International Law, Trending Topics  /  No Comments

China and the Philippines are locked in ongoing international arbitration related to the legality of Chinese claims to a vast section of the South China Sea (SCS).  The Arbitral Tribunal is not expected to reach a decision until late 2015 at the earliest, and even then, it is unlikely that competing claims to the SCS […]

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Locked Out: The (Un)Constitutionality of Revoking the Passports of Americans Fighting for ISIS

By   /  January 27, 2015  /  International Law, National Security Law, Trending Topics  /  No Comments

The Syrian conflict is now entering its fourth year. What began as a struggle for democratic reform has been perverted into a brutal sectarian war leading to the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and the empowerment of other extremists Sunni groups. Seeking to establish a new Islamic caliphate, ISIS has […]

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Frack you, Putin

By   /  January 20, 2015  /  Economy / Trade, Foreign Relations  /  No Comments

Russia is a net exporter of oil, with mineral fuels comprising almost 60% of Russia’s dollar value gained from exports.  This dependence on one export product, while lucrative in the short term, creates the danger of a drastic reversal of fortunes should market forces cause a sharp decline in price.  Ordinarily, a cut in revenue might lead […]

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