Essay on International Warfare

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International Warfare International warfare has always been a topic of debate and that debate increased greatly throughout the 1990s. The conduct of individual states, previously regarded as an exclusively domestic matter, is now of international concern. That international concern has spread to encompass several areas within the domain of international warfare, from the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty to the Genocide Convention to the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on their Destruction. It is this last treaty that has been the subject of much international attention in the last few years. That attention was generated through a multitude of causes including: the…show more content…
The areas affected are from all over the world and in that widespread usage comes an enormous contingent committed to the elimination of the anti-personnel land mine. Sizable efforts have been made to make the Convention an all-inclusive effort to ban anti-personnel land mines and stop their devastating effects on the world’s communities. However, since the drafting of the treaty in 1997 and its subsequent entry into force, only 122 nations have signed and ratify the treaty. 50 states-parties remain as non-signatories, including the United States.[ii] This fact has lead to a large amount of public outcry and questioning in the international community. It is in looking at how the United States has chosen to answer the questions and the actions they have taken that the truth of the issue comes to the fore. The most publicized usage of the anti-personnel mine is by the United States of America. While the U.S. ceased exporting their anti-personnel land mines in 1993, the use of mines throughout the world has continued.[iii] Up until 1999, the United States relied on the use of anti-personnel mines as a means of protection in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.[iv] It was that removal of the anti-personnel mines in Cuba, contracted under the United States’ lease on Guantanamo Bay, that U.S. President Bill Clinton tried to use a bargaining chip in treaty negotiations. Beyond the usage in Cuba, the United States also utilizes anti-personnel land mines
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