system of law. China, once the hegemonicpower of the region, also adopted civil law legal systems when it sought Japan’s support in the effort of modernizing the country in the 19th century. Later, the Communist revolution blocked the development of a legal system and the People’s Republic of China
constantly challenges and reworks the very understanding of these concepts via encounters with their own alterity, the politics of human rights can be conceived as a space for radical political activity which is at its heart about maintaining contest over current hegemonicpower relations. It is starting
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rights protection. In either case, the Chinese government has been in no position to make use of human rights for its own advantages. Apart from this, widespread worries have emerged concerning China and whether it is becoming another hegemonicpower as it grows in economic and military strength. Insofar
Charter as the main framework; the desire to maintain hegemonicpower, and; the possibility to resort to pre-emptive action even if the threat against which the action was taken was not evidently imminent. Under president Barack Obama, multilateralism is being restored as a guiding principle, which augurs
interpretation of authoritative rules and regulations into their application to social circumstances, or the way in which the machinery of the state creates, promotes, and reinforces certain narratives about social groups, produces space within which the hegemonicpower is reinforced and reproduced. This
institutional framework for allocating the costs. This is a concern that both realists and neoliberal institutions have voiced in relation to the ability and willingness of a hegemonicpower to be the solution for the world’s collective action problems. In a high profile article in International Security , the
use of force and showed that it was prepared to damage France’s relationship with the world’s hegemonicpower, to be the object of ‘French bashing,’ and to possibly endanger one of France’s key projects – the ‘European Defence’
– in order to do so. One factor that has been underestimated by
opposing us global interests on issues such as non-nuclear proliferation, peaceful settlement in the Middle East, and terrorism. As Peter Smith describes, ‘Mexico’s strategic position has been severely restricted by the hegemonicpower of the us . The simple fact is this: Those places where Mexico might
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8 ibid. , p. 67.
9 John Ikenberry and Charles Kupchan., ‘Socialization and HegemonicPower’, International Organization 44:3 (1990).
10 Kathryn Sikkink, ‘Human Rights, Principled-Issue Networks and Sovereignty in Latin America’, International Organization 47