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Embedded Realpolitik? Reevaluating United States' Opposition to the International Criminal Court

Charles A. Smith and Heather M. Smith

in Governance, Order, and the International Criminal Court

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9780199546732
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191720406 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546732.003.0002
Embedded Realpolitik? Reevaluating United States' Opposition to the International Criminal Court

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The United States, in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, sought to disengage actively from the International Criminal Court (ICC). In many ways, the new, post 9/11 realpolitik-based strategy can be seen as the logical extension of US realist concerns. This chapter interprets this ‘extension’ in terms of the embedded realist concerns in the political structure of the US Senate. It argues that the domestic politics of US opposition requires analysis of the logical grounding of these concerns and the deeply ingrained political reality underlying US opposition to the ICC. A central aim of the chapter is to show how this embedding process constitutes a crucial explanatory dynamic of such opposition, and how the electoral logic of the US Senate has helped to further reinforce US opposition. In addition to examining this logic, the chapter also discusses the reasons the United States should support the ICC. It concludes that the false legal pretences underlying the electoral logic of the Senate provides a robust explanation for US opposition.

Keywords: embedded realpolitik; hegemony; deliberation; hostile; United States; senatorial opposition; 9/11

Chapter.  10156 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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