Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Thursday, March 20, 2003 7:40 pm

Rules? We don’t need no stinkin’ rules, or, Why international law matters

Filed under: Weird — Lex @ 7:40 pm

The president’s father isn’t the only one worrying about the damage recently done to our international alliances. Business Week argues that our ad-hoc, unilateral foreign policy might well be bad for us in ways that even — especially — conservative business people would find troubling.

The first decade of the new century is beginning to feel like the 1970s, when the turmoil of the Vietnam War cast a long shadow over the U.S. economy. It may even get worse than that. Chief executives are beginning to worry that globalization may not be compatible with a foreign policy of unilateral preemption. Can capital, trade, and labor flow smoothly when the world’s only superpower maintains such a confusing and threatening stance? U.S. corporations may soon find it more difficult to function in a multilateral economic arena when their overseas business partners and governments perceive America to be acting outside the bounds of international law and institutions.


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