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Meeting the EnemyAmerican Exceptionalism and International Law$
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Natsu Taylor Saito

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780814798362

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814798362.001.0001

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Making the World Safe for Democracy

Making the World Safe for Democracy

(p.133) 6 American Imperial Expansion
Meeting the Enemy

Natsu Taylor Saito

NYU Press

This chapter examines the role played by the United States in the restructuring of the international legal regime after World War II, including the League of Nations and its mandate system, the birth of the United Nations and the creation of tribunals for the prosecution of war crimes. It also considers the United States's relationship to international law and institutions in terms of its emphasis on unilateral or multilateral action, the federal government's policy toward American Indians, and the paradigm of decolonization established by the United Nations with strong support from the United States. It concludes with an assessment of the new world order that emerged in the twentieth century and signaled the transition from colonialism to imperialism.

Keywords:   international law, League of Nations, United Nations, war crimes, United States, American Indians, decolonization, new world order, colonialism, imperialism

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