US reluctance to cooperate with the International Criminal Court, aside from selective cases, undermines efforts to build the organization’s legitimacy.
War on Terror drone policies problematise classic Just War (JW) approaches. However, JW-inspired international law has the ability to ensure accountability.
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.
International law seeks to codify the international playing field. However, it is an essentially elastic & permissive system reflecting real-world power distributions.
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.
The United States has not overestimated the biological weapons threat, and its biodefense measures, as expressed through current policy and funding decisions, are warranted.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.