Why has the United States taken such a firm stance against the International Criminal Court (ICC) and expended such diplomatic goodwill in an attempt to dismantle a tribunal that poses no serious risk to its citizens? This book critiques causal ideologies such as American exceptionalism, state sovereignty and laissez-faire capitalism to show how U.S. opposition is driven by pervasive political, legal, historic, military and economic conditioning factors. It shows how U.S. attitudes transcend partisan politics and predicts how the U.S.-ICC relationship will be affected by the economic crisis, shifting international geopolitical power structures, the crisis in the U.S. military, unfolding international human rights law and the “politics of change” promised by the nascent Obama administration.
Monday, October 4, 2010
Kielsgard: Reluctant Engagement: U.S. Policy and the International Criminal Court
Mark D. Kielsgard has published Reluctant Engagement: U.S. Policy and the International Criminal Court (Martinus Nijhoff Publishers 2010). Here's the abstract: