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Karen J. Alter
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Karen J. Alter is a professor of political science and law at Northwestern University, and author of The New Terrain of International Law: Courts, Politics, Rights.

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Will America's Failed Domestic Policy Spur a New Cold War?

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2014 | 11:22 AM

We hear that the world is returning to the Cold War, where geo-political struggles, like Russia's seizure of Crimea, overtake our leaders' ability to cooperatively address today's blossoming world problems.

Commentators like Walter Russell Mead and David Brooks suggest that the post-Cold War success of...

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International Law's Legacy vs. The Cases of Ukraine and Syria

(0) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 12:56 PM

It has been a bad year for international law. The Syrian government was exposed for using chemical weapons against its people, and leaders continue the slaughter of civilians with conventional weapons. Nothing happens.

Recently Russia annexes the Crimea with a staged election held under the threat...

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Beyond the Bubbles: Sodagate Reminds Us Good vs. Evil Not Always So Clear

(1) Comments | Posted February 7, 2014 | 10:28 PM

So many high profile celebrities are dedicated to helping the world, and there is so little agreement about what actually helps.

As most every Super Bowl fan knows by now, Oxfam, a global NGO dedicated to alleviating poverty, severed its ambassador relationship with Scarlett Johannson,...

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International Law and Chemical Weapons: Conservative Arguments of Substance

(0) Comments | Posted November 15, 2013 | 9:31 AM

With the daunting, expensive task of dismantling and destroying Syrian chemical weapons still in process, a U.S. Supreme Court ruling currently under deliberation may even more deeply jeopardize the tenuous push and pull between the United States and Syria.

The issue arises because of a bizarre and salacious case of...

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