Law and Force in American Foreign Policy

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Law and Force in American Foreign Policy

By Edwin C. Hoyt
University Press of America, 1985
270 pp. $24.75
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Professor Hoyt takes a single theme and sticks to it: the relevance of international law, as it applies to the use of force, in American foreign policy since World War II. He starts with the commitment to what he calls "U.N. principles" limiting the use of force, principles which the U.S. itself espoused and supported. He then examines the record-Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam, India-Pakistan, Iran, Africa, Latin America-pointing out where policy did or did not violate these principles and where it bent international law, honestly or cynically, to suit political purpose. Hoyt is quite consistent all the way through, and also quite severe in his criticism of the many instances he finds of the violation of law and of principle.