International Law from a Machiavellian Perspective

  title={International Law from a Machiavellian Perspective},
  author={Anthony M. D'Amato},
  • A. D'Amato
  • Published 12 October 2010
  • Political Science
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… 


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