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Meeting the enemy, American exceptionalism and international law, Natsu Taylor Saito

Meeting the enemy, American exceptionalism and international law, Natsu Taylor Saito
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 313-355) and index
index present
Literary Form
non fiction
Main title
Meeting the enemy
Nature of contents
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Responsibility statement
Natsu Taylor Saito
Series statement
Critical America
Sub title
American exceptionalism and international law
Since its founding, the United States has defined itself as the supreme protector of freedom throughout the world, pointing to its Constitution as the model of law to ensure democracy at home and to protect human rights internationally. Although the United States has consistently emphasized the importance of the international legal system, it has simultaneously distanced itself from many established principles of international law and the institutions that implement them. In fact, the American government has attempted to unilaterally reshape certain doctrines of international law while disregarding others, such as provisions of the Geneva Conventions and the prohibition on torture. America' s selective self-exemption, Natsu Taylor Saito argues, undermines not only specific legal institutions and norms, but leads to a decreased effectiveness of the global rule of law. Meeting the Enemy is a pointed look at why the United States' frequent - if selective - disregard of international law and institutions is met with such high levels of approval, or at least complacency, by the American public.--, Provided by Publisher
Table Of Contents
Introduction : "A distinctly American internationalism" -- Saving civilization : the war on terror -- Civilizing the other : colonial origins of international law -- "A city on a hill" : America as exception -- Establishing the republic : first principles and American identity -- A manifest destiny : colonizing the continent -- American imperial expansion -- making the world safe for democracy -- The new world order and American hegemony -- Confronting American exceptionalism
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