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The roots of international law are long and ancient. Archaeologists have unearthed treaties between two Mesopotamian rulers dating back to 3100 B.C. Of all the ancient peoples, the development of modern international law owes the most to the Romans. The 20th century saw two attempts to bring world order through the use of international organizations, the League of Nations and the United Nations. Both were designed as a forum for settling international conflict, a source for international law, and to provide a peacekeeping function through collective security. For the United States, one of the most difficult issues in foreign policy is deciding when the U.S. should exercise military force, as it did in Iraq. This teaching guide on the war in Iraq is divided into four sections: (1)"War and International Law" (A Brief History of the Law of War; America's Foreign Policy: A Brief History; America's Foreign Policy: Military Intervention); (2) "War and the Media" (Fact Finders The Media in Times of Crisis; Press Freedom vs. Military Censorship); (3) "Helping Students Cope" (Suggestions for Teachers; War in Iraq--How Do You Feel? What Do You Think?; Handling Controversy; Project Suggestions); and (4) "Web Links" (Statistics and Information; Web Directories; Maps; Encyclopedias; Gulf War (1980-88); Hussein; Humanitarian Groups; Anti-War Movement; Doves Who Became Hawks; Weblogs; Analyses of Media Coverage; Bush Doctrine; Reporters in the Field; Other Links). The guide contains many types of activities. (BT)

Descriptors: Censorship, Conflict Resolution, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Foreign Countries, Foreign Policy, International Law, Law Related Education, Mass Media Role, Social Studies, Student Projects, War, World Problems

Constitutional Rights Foundation, 601 South Kingsley Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90005. Tel: 213-487-5590; Fax: 213-386-0459; Web site: http://www.crf-usa.org/. For full text: http://www.crf.usa.org/Iraqwar_html/iraqwar_home.html.

Autor: Constitutional Rights Foundation, Los Angeles, CA.

Fuente: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=5965&id=ED477749

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