Author Archives: brogers

A Symposium or a Political Statement?

BY JUSTIN HUNTER – From April 17 to April 19, the University of Southampton will hold a three-day symposium titled “International Law and the State of Israel: Legitimacy, Responsibility and Exceptionalism.”[1] The organizers stated that the conference would “explore the relatedness of the suffering and injustice in Palestine to the foundation and protection of a state […]

A Change in the Tide: Obama’s Foreign Policy Goal to Renew Cuban-US Relations Sparks Domestic Challenges

BY MELISSA JORDON – The United States placed an embargo on Cuba in 1961. Over half a century later, on December 17, 2014, President Barack Obama ordered diplomatic relations be opened with Cuba as a result of a prisoner exchange negotiated with Raúl Castro and mediated by Pope Francis.[1] The executive order from the White House […]

The Letter of the Law: The Ongoing Struggle for Control in Foreign Affairs Between the Executive and Legislative Branches

BY ELIZABETH FATA – The Islamic Republic of Iran has been on the receiving end of a diplomatic freeze out that has lasted roughly 35 years.[1] Since the start of the Iranian Revolution in 1979 – and the subsequent Persian hostage crisis in 1980, the U.S. has refused to engage in any formal diplomatic relations […]

Unconventional Pirates: A New Label For Anti-Whaling Activists

BY DANIELLE T. GAUER – “You don’t need a peg leg or an eye patch. When you ram ships; hurl glass containers of acid; drag metal-reinforced ropes in the water to damage propellers and rudders; launch smoke bombs and flares with hooks; and point high-powered lasers at other ships, you are, without a doubt, a […]