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International Lawyers & Other Apologists: The Case of the Cuban Missile Crisis

Stephen R. Shalom
Polity
Vol. 12, No. 1 (Autumn, 1979), pp. 83-109
DOI: 10.2307/3234383
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3234383
Page Count: 27
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International Lawyers & Other Apologists: The Case of the Cuban Missile Crisis
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Abstract

The American "quarantine" of Cuba during the missile crisis in 1962 has been the subject of much legal controversy. In this article the author takes a critical view of the legality and good faith of the American action. He directs his criticism at Abram Chayes's book, The Cuban Missile Crisis: International Crises and the Role of Law, which he takes to be an authoritative statement of the American position by a former legal adviser to the State Department. In contrast to the almost universally favorable interpretation of the American action in published legal opinions, Shalom rejects the official American justification in terms of regionalism and self-defense as incompatible with established principles of international law.

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