The introduction of JASTA (the ‘Justice against sponsors of terrorism’ Act) sets the world on a worrying path, argues Professor Dr Kamil Idris, ex Director General of the UN’s World Intellectual Property Agency, in this essential book.
It is almost a century since the end of the First World War and more than seventy years since the end of the second one. The first ushered in challenges to the liberal political consensus, and the second saw the defeat of fascism. However, there are chilling parallels between those times, and the current political mood. The reappearance of nationalism and the fragmentation of the global empires of the time find echoes in today’s surge towards independence and rejection of international institutions and political elites. The JASTA Act, with its direct challenge to sovereignty, could result in a similar rebirth of defensive nationalism and has therefore the potential to recreate the conditions that ushered in those two world wars.
Setting out to learn lessons from history as far back as Roman times and the perils of nationalism, this first book published on JASTA is a vital and urgent read.
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Table of Contents
Chapter One: Impact of the jasta act on foreign relations 4
Chapter Two: A lesson from history 18
Chapter Three: Effects of a nuclear war 22
Chapter Four: Global Trust Deficit 30
Chapter Five: The Arab Spring and related international implications 35
Chapter Six: The civil war in Syria and the conflict between Pakistan and India 40
Chapter Seven: Other areas of potential conflict. North Korea, Iran and Yemen, and South America 48
Chapter Eight: Israeli/Palestinian dispute 55
Chapter Nine: JASTA and the new nationalism 65
Chapter Ten: United Nations, NATO, European Union and the changing world order 72
Chapter Eleven: Globalisation and Free trade 81
Chapter Twelve: JASTA and the First World War 86
Chapter Thirteen: World war. The interim between the First World War and the Second 98
Chapter Fourteen: Jasta. Summary and Conclusion 108
1. The jasta law 119
2. UN Charter 121
3. Prof. Dr. (Mult.) Kamil E. Idris CV 159
Photo Licences 172