War Was Banned: What Happened Next


Sadly, this was not the case.

KAREN MARKOE, NEW YORK

The writer is a professor of history at SUNY Maritime College.

To the Editor:

With all due respect to Oona A. Hathaway and Scott J. Shapiro, the Kellogg-Briand Pact of 1928 did not work. Although it outlawed war as an instrument of national policy, it set no penalties for violations.

Known as “the international kiss,” it failed to stop the aggression that lay ahead in the decade that followed.

DIANA KLEBANOW
FOREST HILLS, QUEENS

The writer is a former adjunct professor of political science at Long Island University.

To the Editor:

While Oona A. Hathaway and Scott J. Shapiro make some excellent points about the behavior of countries since the 1928 Kellogg-Briand Pact, the agreement’s most notable and concrete achievement was its application at the Nuremberg war-crimes trials after World War II.

While the pact did not prevent…



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