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International Law from a Machiavellian Perspective


Anthony D'Amato


Northwestern University - School of Law

October 12, 2010

THE REALIST TRADITION AND CONTEMPORARY INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, pp.82-95, W. David Clinton, ed., Louisiana State University Press, 2007
Northwestern Public Law Research Paper No. 10-61

Abstract:     
Machiavelli leaves one with both an optimistic and a pessimistic prognostication for the post-Cold War world. On the one hand, the end of that conflict has opened the way for the spread of liberal, constitutional regimes, which he would say are inclined to be more and more meticulous in honoring their commitments. On the other, the temptation to use force to create new facts and thereby force international law into new paths will remain as long as politics is practiced. The contemporary relevance of Machiavelli may be seen in that he urged both realities upon us. I focus on a single incident that postdated the end of the Cold War – the show of force by the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in the Taiwan Strait in March 1996.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 13

Keywords: Machiavelli, International Law, Two China Problem, Strait of Taiwan Show of Force (1996)

JEL Classification: K10, K30, K33

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Date posted: October 13, 2010  

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D'Amato, Anthony, International Law from a Machiavellian Perspective (October 12, 2010). THE REALIST TRADITION AND CONTEMPORARY INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, pp.82-95, W. David Clinton, ed., Louisiana State University Press, 2007; Northwestern Public Law Research Paper No. 10-61. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1620032 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1620032

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