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The Place of International Law in British and American Foreign Policy Behaviour During the Suez Crisis

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This chapter examines a case that involves a dispute between two States, one seeking to use force and the other opposing the use of force. It begins with a brief background to the crisis over the Suez Canal. Following on from this historical overview, it examines the historical record of the influence of international law on American and British foreign policy-making and implementation during the Suez crisis and then compares the empirical literature and its theoretical underpinnings with the historical record. Finally, the chapter looks at the historical record from an International Law as Ideology (ILI) perspective and assess the empirical efficacy of an ILI perspective in understanding the relationship between international law and US and British State behaviour during the Suez crisis.

Keywords:British foreign policy-making; British State behaviour; International Law as Ideology (ILI) perspective; Suez crisis; US foreign policy-making; US State behaviour



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