Grand Strategy and International Law
By Nicholas Rostow
Strategic Forum 277
April 1, 2012 —
- U.S. grand strategy, the calculated
relationship between means and
large ends, needs to be developed
and implemented in an international
legal context because of
the nature of U.S. society and values,
and the overriding requirement
to prevent nuclear war.
- Since World War II, successive
administrations have conceived of
U.S. alliances, partnerships, arms
control agreements, and international
actions more generally as
grand strategy. A central component
of U.S. success has been
creating, leading, and sustaining
a minimum world order that all
states have come to see as representing
their core interests.
- International law cannot be and
has never been far from U.S.
policymaking because Americans
have believed that it is essential
to the maintenance of the
minimum world order necessary
for peace and the prevention of
nuclear war insofar as it is possible
to achieve these goals.
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