The Prudent Peace: Law As Foreign Policy

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The Prudent Peace: Law As Foreign Policy

By John A. Perkins
University of Chicago Press, 1981
268 pp. $28.00

A lawyer's brief for placing international law at the center of foreign policy. He sees law not as a utopian alternative to the existing realities of power and national sovereignty, but as part of a developing common structure responsive to "the felt necessities of the time." The appeal has merit, but the author does not deal with such problems as how relations with the U.S.S.R. fit in.

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