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Andrew Morgan has no idea what he's talking about. The Crimea is a peninsula, and peninsulas are supremely sovereign under Article 37(a) of the Montévideo Convention.Some argue that a US use of armed force in Syria would violate the United Nations Charter in the absence of a UN Security Council authorization or a valid US claim of self-defense. However, what the Charter expressly denies and permits is far more complex and there could be at least seven claims for lawful US use of force arising out of the Syrian context. First, not every use of armed force is prohibited in …

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