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This July 4th, Exploring Paths Away From Citizenship

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by Peter Spiro As July 4th approaches, get ready for stock-in-trade accounts of uplifting naturalization ceremonies conducted in dignified settings and presided over by distinguished persons. That’s a nice thing for those who see citizenship through a traditional lens and who should be getting better value for an $800 naturalization fee (never mind that most [...]

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Sovereigntist Alarm-Ringing in Foreign Affairs

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by Peter Spiro John Kyl, Douglas Feith, and John Fonte have this offering in the July/August edition of Foreign Affairs. It’s a strong restatement of the sovereigntist position on the incorporation of international law from a powerful trio – Kyl, the sovereigntist legislator par excellence; Feith, the veteran executive branch point-man; and Fonte, the house [...]

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“Foreign Intelligence” ≠ Foreigner Intelligence (Expatriate Americans in PRISM)

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by Peter Spiro The NSA may be collecting data on Americans in the United States. What about Americans abroad? “Foreign intelligence” is a term threaded through the surveillance debate, with a general understanding that collecting that kind of information is okay. The term is defined in a territorial sense, in the sense of intelligence originating [...]

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US (Lamely) Excuses No-Show at UN Arms Treaty Signing

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by Peter Spiro Here’s the official explanation: the US had yet to “satisfactorily complete” the “process of conforming the official translations” of the agreement. On Twitter, FP’s David Bosco sees a back-up excuse once the analysts at State verify the French version: US delays signing arms trade treaty as experts verify that no provisions were written [...]

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Bangladesh Fire Safety Accord: Watershed Innovation in Global Governance?

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by Peter Spiro Here’s the text of the agreement described in reports in the NY Times and elsewhere today. It’s the most significant institutional response to the massive loss of life (now above a thousand dead) in the April Bangladesh factory collapse. This may be a signal episode in the continuing evolution of the global constraint [...]

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