Book Chapter

Reading and Unreading a Historiography of Hiatus

Matthew Craven, Sundhya Pahuja, Gerry Simpson

International Law and the Cold War | Cambridge University Press | Published : 2020

Abstract

The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the collapse of the Soviet Union in the years which followed brought into play a new international imaginary launched with a flurry of inaugural gestures. These included the proclamation, by US President George Bush, of a ‘New World Order’ in 1991, the publication, by UN Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali, of an Agenda for Peace in 1992,2 and, in the most triumphalist gesture of the three, the American political scientist Francis Fukuyama’s invocation of the end of history.3 Many international legal scholars, too, applauded the beginning of a new post–Cold War world, no longer dominated by two rival superpowers.