Jean-François Drolet
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Carl Schmitt and the American century
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This chapter offers an exegesis of the US foreign policy narrative nested in the political thought of the German jurist Carl Schmitt. According to Schmitt, Thomas Hobbes's poor 'mythological sense' had led him to choose a sea monster over the terrestrial monster Behemoth to capture the symbolic essence of his treatise on the sovereign territorial state. Schmitt's concept of Großraume refers to the geographical delimitation of a state's special 'sphere of interests', or 'zone of security', extending way beyond its legal territorial borders. In his 1941 book Volkerrechtliche Großraumordnung, Schmitt controversially argues that 'the 1823 Monroe Doctrine was in the recent history of international law the first and to date most successful example of a regional international law. Schmitt's Nomos was largely ignored in the Anglo-Saxon world during the entire duration of the Cold War.

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