The reactions of Poland, Lithuania, Romania and Afghanistan will be quite important for the looming investigation that was the focus of Bolton’s ire.
David Bosco is associate professor at Indiana University’s School of Global and International Studies. He is author of Five to Rule Them All: The UN Security Council and the Making of the Modern World and Rough Justice: The International Criminal Court in a World of Power Politics.
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In his first major speech since becoming national security adviser, John Bolton on Monday returned to one of his most enduring themes: the dangers of the International Criminal Court and, more broadly, runaway and unaccountable “global governance.”
Bolton, who has been a ferocious opponent of the International Criminal Court, will likely be assuming his post just as the court opens its first ever investigation of United States conduct.
If the ICC opens an investigation into CIA "black sites," the United States could rally other non-member states to its side.
The Trump administration's withdrawal from UNESCO might not be so bad if it prevents damage to agencies that matter more.
Several news outlets are reporting on conciliatory signals from the Palestinian Authority regarding negotiations with Israel. One key gesture is a temporary deemphasis on pursuing Israel at the International Criminal Court (ICC). As Bloomberg reports:
More than six months after the International Criminal Court announced tyhat the prosecutor's office would soon make a decision on whether to launch a full investigation in Afghanistan, we are still waiting to hear what comes next.