Aggressive Unilateralism: United States Foreign Policy toward the International Criminal Court
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I will begin my paper by briefly presenting the elements that influence the formation of American foreign policy, after which I will describe the structure and anticipated role of the International Criminal Court (ICC). Following these two overviews, I will explain the rationale the United States has offered for its adamant opposition and the manners in which it has worked to undermine the legitimacy of the Court. In my final section, I will voice the counterarguments to American opposition to the ICC as well as offer the advantages to be gained by being a member of the Court. And in conclusion, I will outline my personal assessment in which I maintain my initial impression that the compensation of being a member of the Court outweighs any negative ramification that may be experienced by the United States via participation.