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No twentieth-century leader has had greater influence on the parallel development of both nationalism and internationalism than Woodrow Wilson. Wilson gave expression to the nationalist aspirations of peoples around the world, through is endorsement of the principle of self-determination. He also initiated the first institution that had as its objective the organization of the international community to apply concerted power in support of universal values. My task is to examine one contemporary problem – intervention – in the light of some of the themes implicit in the Wilsonian legacy. Among these themes will be the establishment (and now the invigoration) of collective organs for the achievement of community objectives; the engagement of the United States in those collective activities; the advancement of democracy through U.S. initiatives, whether alone or in combination with like-minded states; and the articulation of normative principles against which all the above activities could be measured.


International Law | Law