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In todays globalized world the emphasis on international cooperation is much greater than in previous generations International treaties such as the Kyoto Protocol and INTERNATIONAL governing bodies such as the International Criminal Court have started to create INTERNATIONAL norms which many nations view as being major steps forward to a global political system being formed Despite the fact that many nations welcome these changes with open arms there are still many nations which are refusing to conform to emerging global ideals Among the outliers the most surprising and powerful absentee is the United States of America For the last few centuries the United States has been considered by many to be the final superpower making their absence from integral global agreements far more intriguing DESPITE global pressure for America to agree to specific initiatives they have maintained their position and likely will for years to come Due to this apparent stubbornness it is fair to question the motives of the United States when making these decisions This paper will show that due to a difference in priorities from other countries politicians focusing on party politics instead of putting the country first and the fact that agreeing to international initiatives particularly signing the Kyoto Protocol and joining the International Criminal Court would hinder their ability to carry out specific practices the United States has refused to participate in international institutions and treatiesFirstly a major issue why the United States has refused to participate in international institutions and treaties is because they have very different priorities than many of the other countries which are parts of such agreements The United States and those with political power in the United States have some views which are quite different from those in other nations and because of this the priorities of the United States do not reflect the same priorities which are held by the nations which participate in international institutions and treaties This is best shown through the
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