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The Ukraine Crisis: An International Law Perspective

by Thomas D. Grantvia Chatham House
Friday, July 11, 2014

This is a summary of an event organized jointly by the International Law Programme and the Russia and Eurasia Programme at Chatham House to analyse the international law issues that have arisen throughout the current Ukraine crisis. This summary outlines the main strands of discussion and analysis from the meeting.

California's Electricity Policy Future: Beyond 2020

by Jeremy Carl, Dian Grueneichvia Analysis
Thursday, July 3, 2014

California has embarked upon an unprecedented effort to transform its electricity system. Whatever the specific challenges that the state may face in doing so between now and 2050 or even 2030, policymakers will be better equipped to address them with...

Environmental and Economic Security Challenges in a Changing U.S. Maritime Arctic

by Lawson W. Brigham via Analysis
Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Globalization of the Arctic and rapid climate change are presenting a host of challenges for the maritime Arctic of the United States, the key focus for this paper. New Arctic marine operations are evolving at a time when there are no mandatory or binding Arctic-specific International Maritime Organization (IMO) shipping rules and regulations. A new IMO Polar Code to be agreed upon by early 2015 will allow the United States to implement a number of key measures for protection of its Arctic coastal communities...

Domestic Security and Foreign Policy

by Mariano-Florentino Cuéllarvia Analysis
Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar argues for a broader formulation of the link between domestic considerations and foreign policy, one that takes into account the effect of international developments on domestic security and the effect of domestic developments on national security.

Domestic Foundations of Foreign Policy vs. Foreign Policy Distractions from Domestic Foundations

by James D. Fearonvia Analysis
Tuesday, March 11, 2014

James Fearon agrees that domestic developments pose few near-term constraints on the president but, picking up from Cuéllar, takes issue with the framing of the question itself, arguing that those developments should not be viewed solely through a lens of foreign policy implications.

Domestic Foundations of American Foreign Policy

Domestic Law and National Security Strategy

by Abraham D. Sofaervia Analysis
Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Abraham Sofaer examines domestic legal constraints, finding that US law has consistently allowed the executive “broad authority to plan for and manage the nation’s security, while preserving in Congress the power to approve, disallow, or take no action on executive initiatives.”

A Framework for Thinking about Domestic Foundations

by Ambassador Karl W. Eikenberryvia Analysis
Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Ambassador Karl Eikenberry provides a framework for understanding the domestic foundations of American power and its relevance to foreign policy. Strategy, he says, is the art of applying means to desired ends and a successful strategy must therefore involve a clear assessment of the domestic sources of those means.

The Opportunity Costs of Ignoring the Law of Sea Convention in the Arctic

by Vice Admiral James Houck (ret.) via Analysis
Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The paper first briefly surveys the extent to which the provisions of United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) intersect with those of US interests in the Arctic. Not surprisingly, there is extensive overlap. The paper then reviews and critiques the arguments that (UNCLOS) is irrelevant or even antithetical to achieving those. interests; it then examines the case for UNCLOS, focusing on US interests on the Arctic seafloor and arguing that those interests are extensive and that accession would...

Arctic Force Structure: What an Arctic Fleet Might Look Like

by Stephen M. Carmel via Analysis
Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The increasing accessibility of the Arctic Ocean is leading to greater commercial activity there. Non-Arctic states are also beginning to investigate the potential advantages the Arctic could afford them. The United States, however, does not have the government assets to operate beyond a minimal capacity in that area. To make informed investment decisions, a comprehensive survey of the decision environment would be helpful. To date, however, no such review has been done. This paper aims to...

Green Energy

For California's AB 32: Cap-and-Trade-and-Cash Back, Not Cap-and-Trade-and-Tax

by Jeremy Carl, David Fedorvia Analysis
Friday, February 7, 2014

The desire to protect the environment is a hallmark of the state and extends across the political spectrum. And given the environmental risk posed by global climate change, efforts to reduce the state’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and act as a model for jurisdictions elsewhere have now become a major part of California’s energy policy agenda.

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