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Ruth Wedgwood
Foreign Policy Adrift
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Realism and the American Republic

How Washington fails to reconcile realism and idealism in its current foreign policy.

combatting corruption
A Conversation with Mark Wolf

Ruth Wedgwood: I’m here today to interview Judge Mark Wolf, who is a distinguished district judge on the federal bench in Massachusetts, and has been on the bench for a very long time. He has taken the lead in pronouncing some quite sparky views on how we should fight corruption, particularly international corruption. He was […]

Russia Ukraine & the Rule of Law
Shooting in the Air

Russia’s operatives could be taken to the International Criminal Court for their role in the downing of flight MH17 over Ukraine. Even ICC skeptics in America ought to be open to this approach.

Prison Hulks and Al Shabab: The Complications of the Law of War

Since the September 11 attacks, federal judges have out of necessity plunged into the real-life facts of terrorism’s twilight world of training camps, safe houses, and dry runs, as they review the Guantanamo dossiers of al Qaeda and Taliban suspects captured in Afghanistan and elsewhere. Even in the view of hard-bitten intelligence types, the federal […]

The Rocket’s Red Glare: Mladic and Mayhem

Half a lifetime ago, on a hot July afternoon, I sat in the living room of international war crimes prosecutor Richard Goldstone, glued to the screen as Dutch television newscasters announced another dreary episode in the ethnic conflict of the former Yugoslavia. This time it was the capture of a small Bosnian municipality—the obscure town […]

Courting Plutocracy

The legacy of American jurisprudence recognizes no contradiction between liberty and wealth—at least not yet.

The Strange Case of Florence Hartmann

A tribunal in the Hague for the prosecution of war crimes in the former Yugoslavia is threatening to convict a former French journalist for accurately describing two of its boggled judicial decisions.  This is not the best way to advance the cause of international justice.

The Law Adrift

The age-old scourge of piracy has come back to haunt us off the waters of Somalia. Our troubles in dealing decisively with the problem are largely of our own making.

Two Steps Backward in Geneva

The UN Human Rights Council is worse than its predecessor.

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Why We Can't Have Nice Things

An expert working on the project cautions the MTA may miss its next deadline.

Higher Ed Shake Up

New low-cost programs are carving out a critical space in the U.S. higher education system.


Hint: it isn’t pretty.

Blue Model Blues

Kicking the can down the road is turning into a hobby for PA lawmakers.

Xi who must be obeyed

The Chinese President’s new status as “core” leader will strengthen his hand, but rifts remain within the Party.

Deal or No Deal

The answer isn’t straightforward, and it’s likely to be decided by our next president.

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