• Item #A176
  • ISBN: 1891843176
  • ISBN13: 978-1-891843-17-4
  • Copyright 2003
  • 227 pp.
  • Price: $21.95

Rule of Power or Rule of Law?

An assessment of U.S. policies and actions regarding security-related treaties

By Arjun Makhijani, Nicole Deller and John Burroughs


Rule of Power or Rule of Law? assesses U.S. compliance with nine treaties addressing some of the most urgent global security threats, ranging from proliferation of weapons of mass destruction to global climate change.

The study documents the value of those treaties, but concludes that the United States, in an echo of the nineteenth century idea of Manifest Destiny, is undermining each of them, preferring instead to set itself above the law and relying mainly on its own military and economic might.

What People are Saying...

A brilliantly conceived and executed study that documents unflinchingly the dangerous decent of the U.S. government into the bottomless pit of global lawlessness. It also illuminates the benefits for the citizens and the world of an alternative law-guided approach based on negotiated treaty regimes.

Richard Falk, Visiting Distinguished Professor of Global Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara