On the New Era of Diplomacy and Being in the Foreign Service: Interview with Cameron Phelps Munter

By Maïmouna Diarra (PO ’19) and Gabe Magee (PO ’20) Mr. Cameron Phelps Munter was the former U.S. ambassador to Serbia (2007-2009) and Pakistan (2010-2012), serving as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer in some of the most conflict-ridden regions of the world for almost thirty years. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Mr. Munter taught…

Instructions Not Included: International Law and the Story of the Timorese State

Phoebe Alpern (PO ‘20) Against the grim track record of ethnic cleansing, sectarian violence, and unmitigated genocide that defined United Nations interventions of the 1980s and 90s, the UN mission in East Timor was a debatable success: a rapid mobilization that spawned a transparent democratic referendum, restored thousands of refugees to their homes, and embraced…

Male Captus, Bene Detentus: Israel’s Trial of Adolf Eichmann

When Israel’s intelligence service captured Otto Adolf Eichmann (known as Adolf Eichmann), a Nazi Holocaust perpetrator, in Argentina and Prime Minister Ben-Gurion subsequently announced the capture, Argentina formally protested that Israel had encroached upon Argentina’s sovereignty as a nation.[1] After the almost immediate failure of mediation, Argentina brought its claim against Israel to the United…

International Law and Election Interference

Lindsey Mattila (CMC ’17) On January 6, 2017, The U.S. Intelligence Community– 16 separate governmental agencies that work on intelligence activities– released a report stating that there is enough evidence to conclude that Russia was behind the cyber attacks on the Democratic National Committee email servers. This hacking produced intel that the Intelligence Community argues…

Apple, Ireland, and International Tax Law

By Kyla Eastling (CMC ’18) Tax avoidance by multinational corporations (MNCs) has long been a controversial topic in international law. Recently, individual nations have begun to reform their tax codes to better regulate MNCs operating in their jurisdiction. The European Commission, however, is attempting to supersede the authority of individual nations’ tax laws. Last month,…