Though an agreement seemed close last fall, negotiations are at an impasse again. How will the United States proceed?
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The Syria intervention is difficult to defend as consistent with international law. The United States has instead begun to make the case that the intervention bears moral legitimacy, using the same kinds of factor-based arguments we saw NATO member states use in Kosovo to defend the legitimacy of their intervention there.
Russian and Chinese foreign ministers will issue a declaration on the role of international law during the upcoming visit of Russian president to China that takes place June 25, 2016