How to Lose World Heritage Site Status

A swath of desert just inland from the Arabian Sea coast and a meandering stretch of a major central European river framed by 18th and 19th-century architecture may not seem as though they would have anything in common, but they very much do. Oman’s Arabian Oryx Sanctuary and Germany’s Dresden Elbe Valley are the only two…

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International Condominiums

For the vast majority of people, a condominium is a suite in a commonly-held apartment building that is owned rather than rented.  Condominiums, however, also exist in international law. Not as apartment complexes lying on international borders, or anything like that. Rather, a condominium is a piece of territory shared equally by two or more…

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Defining International Borders in the Rub’ al Khali

For most of the post-war 20th century, anyone looking at a map of the Arabian Peninsula would be greeted by something like this: Courtesy of the Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection, the University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin, http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/middle_east_and_asia/saudi_arabia_rel_1974.jpg. Notice the almost total lack of defined boundaries in the southern half of…

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