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By D. Geldenhuys

An extended checklist of nations - labelled outcasts, pariahs and rogues - have did not meet overseas criteria of excellent behavior. within the chilly conflict years Rhodesia, Israel, Chile, Taiwan and South Africa, between others, featured one of the ranks of the disreputable. In smooth international politics, the intense sinners not just comprise states: terrorists, rebels, criminals and mercenaries additionally perform the good video game of who will get what, whilst and the way. Highlighting the principles of excellent behaviour that either nation and non-state actors have violated, Geldenhuys takes a singular strategy that breaks during the slim parameters of the rogue kingdom paradigm and of alternative state-centric views.

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This does not mean, Frost added, that most states in practice obey settled norms. The fact that many countries infringe the rule of non-interference in states’ domestic affairs, for instance, does not detract from its status as a settled norm. 53 Some of the norms we will be dealing with are, however, ‘non-settled’ (to coin a term), because they simply represent a single major power’s expectations of proper behaviour by others. An example of such an informal, often implicit, parochial norm is Washington’s expectation that especially small countries should avoid overt anti-Americanism, instead paying due deference to the world’s sole superpower.

The latter ingredients are not (yet) codified to the same extent as human rights and hence lack the same international standing, but they are widely prescribed. Consider the political conditionality attached to the loans and other forms of financial aid that international financial institutions (World Bank, IMF), inter-governmental organizations (especially the EU) and individual Western donor countries offer developing states. 120 Violations of some tenets of good governance, other than human rights, are indeed acquiring the status of punishable deviance.

The principal target was the Revolutionary United Front, which had acquired international nototiety over its gross brutality against the civilian population of Sierra Leone. The world body has thus treated instances of internal rebellion, in defiance of a peace settlement, as a punishable offence. This means that international law’s established rule of rebus sic stantibus is applied to non- Deviant Actors in World Politics 39 state political actors. To extend the norm against rebellion to armed uprising against any legally constituted and internationally recognized government, would be going too far.

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