IRLS Dispatch Blog

Diversionary War in the South Caucasus

Jeremy Lennon. Jeremy is the International Rule of Law, Governance, and Security program intern at the McCain Institute for International Leadership for the Fall 2020 semester. Jeremy recently graduated with a degree in comparative politics and government and is interested in security, governance, and development in the former Soviet Union. The recent flare-up of the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh (or the “Republic of Artsakh,” depending on your ethno-nationalist affiliations) is unsurprising, but

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Russian Illicit Finance Blog Series: Russia’s Capital Flight Problem

Jeremy Lennon. Jeremy is the International Rule of Law, Governance, and Security program intern for the Fall 2020 semester. Jeremy recently graduated with a degree in comparative politics and government and is interested in security, governance, and development in the former Soviet Union. This is the second blog in a series on Illicit Russian Money. Read the introductory post here. Russia’s extreme capital outflows are a result of poor rule of law, and the resulting

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Former U.S. ambassador leads simulated embassy country team in Foreign Policy Design class

Jacob Kostrzewski, IRLS Program Coordinator, sat down with former U.S. Ambassador and current adjunct professor at the College of Law, Roderick Moore, to discuss his distinguished career in the U.S. Foreign Service, the simulated embassy team he leads in this semester’s Foreign Policy Design course, and advice he has for law students looking to work for the U.S. government upon graduation.  IRLS Dispatch: What were the most interesting, and the most challenging, posts you held

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ASU Law alumna uses LLM in IRLS to expand practice areas to human rights, rule of law

Katie Surma, LLM ’18 Jacob Kostrzewski, IRLS Program Coordinator, sat down with Katie Surma, LLM ’18, to discuss her experiences in the IRLS program during the Spring 2018 semester, and what she has been doing since graduating.   Dispatch: You participated in the IRLS program in the Spring of 2018 – why did you choose to pursue the IRLS program, and what were some of the highlights of your time in the program and in

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IRLS Program Welcomes New Cohort of IRLS Fellows

The IRLS program welcomes a new cohort of IRLS Fellows. Fellows are ASU Law JD, MLS, and LLM students with a keen interest in international rule of law, good governance, and international development issues.  The following students are Fellows for the 2020-21 academic year: Matthew Adler (JD ’23): My primary interest in the domain of international security and the rule of law is how to effectively foster strong alliances among nations through which we can

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IRLS McCain Institute Fellow in International Criminal Law and Human Rights Journalism published in The New York Times

The IRLS & McCain Institute Fellow in International Criminal Law and Human Rights Journalism, Pedro Pizano, published a piece in The New York Times (es) on Sept. 30, 2020 about how to think about Colombia’s ex president, who, at that point, had been placed under house arrest for allegedly “determining”, knowing, (or because he should have known) that his lawyer was allegedly bribing and threatening witnesses. The argument is that we cannot fall prey to fanaticism

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