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Obama Centers (Rohingya) Citizenship in Burma

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by Peter Spiro President Obama’s visit to Burma/Mynamar has centered the status of the country’s Muslim minority Rohingya community which has been denied Burmese citizenship notwithstanding their historical presence in the country. (The issue gets a lot more coverage in the Muslim world than in the West.) Obama’s speech today welcomed recent steps by the Burmese [...]

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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?

by Peter Spiro

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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