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The Responsibility to Contain

Protecting Sovereignty Under International Law

Author: Michael Chertoff
January/February 2009
Foreign Affairs

A new framework of international law that confronts modern threats is long overdue. If it is to revive the legitimacy of international law, this order must be predicated on a new principle, under which individual states assume reciprocal obligations to contain transnational threats emerging from within their borders.

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