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The Oxford Guide to Treaties Symposium: Enter Non-State Actors

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by Peter Spiro I’ll join the chorus of praise for my colleague Duncan’s book. It will clearly become the standard reference work in the area. As IL scholarship proliferates, there is a lot of smart money in handbook volumes such as this one. The Oxford Guide to Treaties is a one-stop source for the best [...]

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Truly Universal Franchise (Or, A World Wanting to Vote)

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by Peter Spiro As everyone gets a little weary form the blizzard of last-week polls in the lead-up to the election itself, it’s not surprising that pollsters have widened their scope to measure the preferences of non-Americans outside the United States. The result: overwhelming for Obama. (The only country in which Romney bests Obama is Pakistan. [...]

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Could Americans Abroad Decide the Election?

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by Peter Spiro I subscribe to the new conventional wisdom that Tuesday’s result won’t be close, but who knows? If it is, there’s always the chance that U.S. citizens living outside the United States will cast the deciding votes. Non-resident U.S. citizens are entitled under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act to cast absentee [...]

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Global FEMA?

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by Peter Spiro Okay, only as thought experiment, prompted by this week’s experience with Hurricane Sandy. There seem to be two major justifications for a national disaster relief apparatus (a surprisingly recent innovation — think Carter era, not New Deal). First are the economies of scale: money and expertise. A small state may not have [...]

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