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Pragmatic Law For International Security

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This chapter addresses the mindset of political and military leaders responsible for crafting foreign policy decisions. To develop an international legal system that can effectively constrain sovereign actions, one must first understand the context from which policy decisions emerge. The chapter offers four hypotheses for future consideration and verification by other researchers. The first hypothesis is that: government practitioners adhere to a safety-oriented notion of security. It becomes clear that several adverse results stem directly from the second hypothesis, namely that: government practitioners are primarily risk averse. The third hypothesis is that: modern political systems encourage, if not require, government practitioners to consider unrelated factors. Government practitioners are literally paid to seek the greatest economic, political, or military advantage for their respective countries. This distinction between government practitioners and other lawyers leads to the fourth and final hypothesis, namely that: government practitioners pursue national interests in lieu of systemic equality.

Keywords: international security; national interests; pragmatic law; risk assessment



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