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Author: David P. Forsythe
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Title: The Politics of International Law: U.S. Foreign Policy Reconsidered
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The Politics of International Law: U.S. Foreign Policy Reconsidered by David P. Forsythe



David Forsythe views politics as the driving force behind legal interpretation. Examining a series of controversies in public policy during the Reagan Administration - the clash of Star Wars with the ABM treaty, use of the Contras against the Sandinistas in Nicaragua, the invasion of Grenada, refugee policy in the Western Hemisphere, and the payment of dues to the United Nations - he inquires into the interplay of international law and US foreign policy, stressing the. political factors that make for obedience to, or violation of international law. Excerpt.

Intended for students in international relations, international law, and US foreign policy courses, this book demonstrates how international law really functions in foreign policymaking in Washington. David Forsythe views politics as the driving force behind legal interpretation. Examining a series of controversies in public policy during the Reagan Administration - the cl Intended for students in international relations, international law, and US foreign policy courses, this book demonstrates how international law really functions in foreign policymaking in Washington

Intended for students in international relations, international law, and US foreign policy courses, this book demonstrates how international law really functions in foreign policymaking in Washington.

2 W. Michael Reisman & Andrew R. Willard (ed., International Incidents: The Law that Counts in World Politics (1988). For an incisive critique, see Bowett, Derek . International Incidents: New Genre or New Delusion?, 12 Yale J. Int'l L. (1987). 3 According to Wiliard, a meaningful exercise of the ‘incidents approach’ amounts to 25 separate steps, grouped together under 6 different headings. Wiliard, ‘Incidents: an essay in method’, in Reisman & Wiliard, supra note 2. 4 See, especially, Henkin's classic How Nations Behave, (1979), 2nd e. . David Forsythe views politics as the driving force behind legal interpretation

23 Issue 4 - David Hawk. Foreign Policy: Congress Reconsidered. By David P. Forsythe. May 1989 · The Journal of Politics. The Myth of American Isolationism: Reinterpreting the Past. May 1995 · Foreign affairs (Council on Foreign Relations). May 1989 · International Relations.

The occasions of exception-such as Libya and Syria-provide case studies for critical analysis and allow the authors to look to emerging dominant powers, especially China, for indicators of new challenges to the commitment to universal human rights and humanitarian affairs in the context of the ongoing clash between liberalism and realism.

Intended for students in international relations, international law, and US foreign policy courses, this book demonstrates how international law really functions in foreign policymaking in Washington. David Forsythe views politics as the driving force behind legal interpretation. Examining a series of controversies in public policy during the Reagan Administration - the clash of "Star Wars" with the ABM treaty, use of the Contras against the Sandinistas in Nicaragua, the invasion of Grenada, refugee policy in the Western Hemisphere, and the payment of dues to the United Nations - he inquires into the interplay of international law and US foreign policy, stressing the political factors that make for obedience to, or violation of international law. Each of the controversies is analyzed according to a framework raising seven different questions: what are the basic facts of the case? What was the executive's main polocy objective? What legal claims were argued in support of that objective? What was the domestic response of the public, the Congress, and the courts? What was the response of other states and of international organizations? What was the outcome for the short-term interests of the United States? And what was the outcome of world order? Forsythe shows the crucial relationship between public opinion. Congress, and the judiciary, on the one hand, and Executive primacy in the conduct of foreign policy on the other. One of the main themes emerging from this new analysis is that domestic political factors often decide the fate of international law, frequently being more influential than such legal factors as judgments by the World Court or positions taken by UN agencies.