With the end of the Cold War, many believed that a new, more stable international legal order would emerge. But an enormous gap in values—most noticeably concerning armed intervention—has prevented that from happening. One group of nations continues to cling to the United Nations Charter's ban against intervention, while another group—led by NATO and the U.N. Security Council itself—openly violates that prohibition. In fact, the ban has been breached so often that it can no longer be regarded as authoritative. Whether the resulting legal vacuum can be filled is the overriding international question of the era.

About the Author

Michael J. Glennon is a current fellow at the Wilson Center and a professor of Law at the University of California, Davis, School of Law. From 1977 to 1980 he was legal counsel to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He is the author of numerous books and articles, including Constitutional Diplomacy (Princeton University Press, 1990), which the New York Times called "prescient and provocative...Glennon writes as if he had a crystal ball that foretold the events. . . in the Persian Gulf."

Book Launch

Michael Glennon will speak about his new book on Thursday, November 1, 2001, 4-5 p.m. in the Wilson Center's Flom Auditorium on the 6th floor. Anthony Arend, Professor of Government, Georgetown University will comment on the book. A reception is to follow.

This book launch event is cosponsored by the Wilson Center's East European Studies Program and Division of International Studies.