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Presidential Authority for Visa Restrictions (for Ukraine and Otherwise)

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by Peter Spiro President Obama issued an executive order this morning imposing entry bans on those responsible for actions that “undermine democratic processes or institutions in Ukraine,” “threaten the peace, security, stability, sovereignty, or territorial integrity of Ukraine,” or involve “misappropriation of state assets of Ukraine or of an economically significant entity in Ukraine.” Sec. […]

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Ukraine, International Law, and the Perfect Compliance Fallacy

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by Peter Spiro Eric Posner on international law and Ukraine (“exhaustively”, in his own description): The international law commentariat has been pretty quiet about the most important geopolitical event so far this year. Hello? Anyone want to offer an opinion? Let me fill in the silence: 1. Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine violates international law. […]

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Survey Says: If You Want Solitary Confinement Reform, Talk Up Treaty Obligations

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by Peter Spiro Here is a timely piece from Adam Chilton on how treaty obligations may be experienced by the American public. He devised an experiment (using Amazon’s mTurk) to test the effect of a putative treaty violation on public support for reform of solitary confinement practices. The piece comes to us just as congressional […]

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Olympic Free Agency (An Idea Whose Time Has Not Come, Apparently)

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by Peter Spiro I have a piece up on Slate arguing that the Olympics should no longer require competitors to have the nationality of the country for which they compete. A journalist friend of mine once told me, “Don’t ever read the comments. Just don’t.” Well, I’ve made that mistake today. Maybe 10 to 1 against. A lot […]

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Obama’s NSA Reform: Foreigners Get Protections, Too

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by Peter Spiro From the third paragraph of President Obama’s implementation of surveillance reforms (Presidential Policy Directive/PPD-28). [O]ur signals intelligence activities must take into account that all persons should be treated with dignity and respect, regardless of their nationality or wherever they might reside, and that all persons have legitimate privacy interests in the handling […]

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