The United States and NATO regularly employ the illegitimate use of force, using alternative norm justifications and a faulty definition of legitimacy. Meanwhile, the U.S. education system and mass media largely ignore the history and principles of the United Nations. "Smokescreen" reinforces the need to respect the rule of law enshrined in the UN Charter and offers a path forward out of the haze of purported altruistic justifications.
Paul Aranas holds degrees in diplomatic studies from the University of Westminster–London, international relations and diplomacy from the Centre d’Etudes Diplomatiques et Strategiques (CEDS) in Paris, and religion from the University of Oregon. Additionally, he earned a Diploma with Distinction from the London School of Journalism (LSJ), a certificate in fiction writing from the LSJ, and a certificate from the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry in Moscow.
Dr. Aranas has taught in higher education and worked in politics as a staffer and a congressional candidate. He is founder and Executive Director of the International Law Education Group (ILEG).