Means to an End: U.S. Interest in the International Criminal Court

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Brookings Institution Press, Dec 1, 2009 - Political Science - 178 pages
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The International Criminal Court remains a sensitive issue in American foreign policy circles. It was agreed to at the tail end of the Clinton administration, but with serious reservations. In 2002 the Bush administration ceremoniously reversed course and "unsigned" the Rome Statute that had established the Court. But recent developments in Washington and elsewhere indicate that the United States may be moving toward de facto acceptance of the Court and active cooperation in its mission. In Means to an End: U.S. Interest in the International Criminal Court, Lee Feinstein and Tod Lindberg reassess the relationship of the United States and the ICC, as well as American policy toward international justice more broadly.

The authors argue that the United States should actively support the ICC for the simple reason that it serves U.S. interests while being consistent with the values that America publicly espouses. The authors also show how participation could be beneficial in terms of national security and foreign policy generally, and they make the moral case for acceptance as well. They evaluate the ICC's potential to advance international justice and how American participation can improve that potential.


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The Opportunity
US History and International Justice
American Policy Toward the ICC
The ICCs Record
The American Interest in International Justice
Recommendations for Washington
Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court
Signing Statement of President Bill Clinton
The Bolton Letter
Security Council Resolution 1593 March 31 2005
Security Council Resolution 1828 July 31 2008

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About the author (2009)

Lee Feinstein is a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution. A former senior Defense and State department official, he was Hillary Clinton's national security director during her presidential campaign and, previously, deputy director of studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. He is the author of Darfur and Beyond (Council on Foreign Relations, 2007).

Tod Lindberg is the editor of Policy Review and a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He has served in senior staff positions on the Genocide Prevention Task Force and the U.S. Institute of Peace Task Force on the United Nations. He is also the author of The Political Teachings of Jesus (HarperOne, 2007).

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