Current Topics in U.S. Foreign Policy - Pol S 359
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main course-page for Pol S 359: Current Topics in United States Foreign
Policy taught by C. L. Ball.
Foreign Economic Policy Data
Paying to be Evacuated
Prior to 2002, US law authorized the Secretary of State to "make expenditures, from such amounts as may be specifically appropriated therefor, for unforeseen emergencies arising in the diplomatic and consular service" including "the evacuation of United States Government employees and their dependents and private United States citizens when their lives are endangered by war, civil unrest, or natural disaster." In the FY2003 Foreign Relations Authorization Act, which became law on 30 Sep. 2002, the sentence above was changed to read:
"the evacuation when their lives are endangered by war, civil unrest, or
natural disaster of--
The Congressional Research Service summary of the act mentions the addition of third-country nationals on a reimbursable basis, implying that the change in 2002 was made to enable the US to use funds to evacuate other countries' citizens, but get reimbursement from those citizens, rather than to charge US nationals for emergency evacuations, but the plain-reading of the law indicates that both US citizens and foreigners who are evacuated would be charged the equivalent of a reasonable, pre-emergency airfare. For the current fiscal year, $10 million was appropriated for emergencies.
Sen. Biden is reported to have released a letter saying that the State Dept. requested this change, but it is not posted on his website.
Geneva Conventions for US Detainees
The US has decided to extend Article 3 Geneva Convention rules to all US military detainees. What this will mean in terms of day-to-day treatment and interrogation procedures remains to be seen.
Diplomatic History Links
Yale University maintains a collection of documents on US foreign policy and early political history. This site is useful for looking up early treaties. The Library of Congress has a brief exhibit on US-UK relations. In the reference section of Parks library, you can read the Encyclopedia of US Foreign Relations (E183.7 E53)
The Cold War International History Project collects documents – especially those from the former Soviet Union and Soviet allies – on the origins and course of the Cold War. The National Security Archive, a non-governmental group, collects US documents through Freedom of Information Act requests.