"The liberation of Mosul and the inevitable, approaching liberation of Raqqa in Syria will not be the end of the Islamic State and its evil ideology. But they crush the group’s pretense to having an actual “state” based upon it. As its surviving leaders scurry to the corners of the desert, no longer can they claim to head a winning movement. Their defeat diminishes the inspiration for violent extremists, or simply lost souls on social media, to attack Americans and our friends. This is a necessary step forward in combating terrorism. Americans are safer for it."
This seminar will present a comparative assessment of Chinese and Russian approaches to the international legal and security architecture stood up by the United States after World War II, beginning with a historical overview of the emergence of the concept of "international law." In both places, early approaches developed in response to rather than alongside European international legal norms. During the Cold War, attempts to promote a joint, socialist legal vision as a counterweight to the U.S.-led order broke down with the Sino-Soviet split. However, distinctive concepts that emerged in this period—for example, the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence—persist as direct but little-understood challengers to the current global order.
Please join us! Coffee and tea provided. Everyone is welcome, but admittance will be on a first come–first served basis.