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How International Is International Criminal Justice?

How International Is International Criminal Justice?

US reluctance to cooperate with the International Criminal Court, aside from selective cases, undermines efforts to build the organization’s legitimacy.

Do Drone Strike Assassinations Render Conceptions of ‘Just War’ Redundant?

Do Drone Strike Assassinations Render Conceptions of ‘Just War’ Redundant?

War on Terror drone policies problematise classic Just War (JW) approaches. However, JW-inspired international law has the ability to ensure accountability.

Rhetoric, Perspectives, and Reactions of the Soviet Union to US-China Relations

Rhetoric, Perspectives, and Reactions of the Soviet Union to US-China Relations

By lacking a coherent strategy, the Soviet Union failed to acknowledge the possibility that the US could be seeking an easing of tensions with both communist superpowers.

The Permissive Promise

The Permissive Promise

International law seeks to codify the international playing field. However, it is an essentially elastic & permissive system reflecting real-world power distributions.

In-State Tuition Laws and College Enrollment of Undocumented Hispanic Students

In-State Tuition Laws and College Enrollment of Undocumented Hispanic Students

Although the future of the US DREAM Act is unknown at this time, young undocumented immigrants can still benefit from states’ policies such as in-state tuition rates.

Securitization Theory and Biological Weapons

Securitization Theory and Biological Weapons

The United States has not overestimated the biological weapons threat, and its biodefense measures, as expressed through current policy and funding decisions, are warranted.

Is Competition in U.S. Elections Desirable?

Is Competition in U.S. Elections Desirable?

The First-Past-The-Post electoral system and voter polarization in the US mean that competition in the congressional and presidential elections is generally undesirable.

The U.S. Pre-Eminence in Post-Cold War Europe: 1990-1991

The U.S. Pre-Eminence in Post-Cold War Europe: 1990-1991

After the end of the Cold War, Washington envisioned American leadership in Europe as a means for stability, both for the future of Europe and for the international system.

Assessing the Impact of the Tea Party on the Republican Party

Assessing the Impact of the Tea Party on the Republican Party

Did the Tea Party movement revitalise the Republicans? Or did its powerful vocal support from a relative minority of citizens force the Republican Party to move too far to the political right?

Was the NATO Invasion of Afghanistan Legal?

Was the NATO Invasion of Afghanistan Legal?

Despite the US’ claims of self-defence and terrorist eradication, it can be argued that the NATO invasion of Afghanistan in October 2001 was not legal under international law.

The Power of One: The Emperor Responsible for the 1972 China-US Relations

The Power of One: The Emperor Responsible for the 1972 China-US Relations

Chinese – US diplomacy in 1972 would have been impossible without Mao’s permission. The historical influences of the talks illuminate the importance of Mao on China’s decisions.

Expected Trends in the New Zealand-China Dairy Trade

Expected Trends in the New Zealand-China Dairy Trade

The New Zealand-China dairy trade does not pose a significant threat to the Chinese economy and it seems unlikely that China has any desire to limit dairy trade with New Zealand in the near future.