International Relations

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International Relations - Research Guide International Law

International relations can be defined as political activities and other kinds and aspects of interactions among two or more states. The academic field of international relations is a branch of political science that is concerned with the study of relations between states, the foreign policy of nation-states, and the mechanisms and institutions (such as international organisations, inter-governemental organisations, international and national non-governmental organisations and multinational corporations) through which states interact. The study of international relations involves many subjects such as international and regional peace and security, international organizations, nuclear proliferation, globalization, human rights, economic development, intervention, international financial relations, and international trade relations.

This Research Guide is intended as a starting point for research on International Relations. It provides the basic materials available in the Peace Palace Library, both in print and electronic format. Handbooks, leading articles, bibliographies, periodicals, serial publications and documents of interest are presented in the Selective Bibliography section. Links to the PPL Catalogue are inserted. The Library’s classification index code 445. International Relations: General Works and subject heading (keyword) International Relations are instrumental for searching through the Catalogue. Special attention is given to our subscriptions on databases, e-journals, e-books and other electronic resources. Finally, this Research Guide features links to relevant websites and other online resources of particular interest.

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1. Diplomacia deportiva
Diplomacia deportiva / Javier Sobrino. - Santiago de Compostela : Andavira Editions, 2014. - 192 pages. : illustrations. ; 21 cm With notes. - 2014
Keywords: Sport, Sports event, Diplomacy, International Sports Federations, International relations,

2. Guerra fredda e interessi nazionali
Guerra fredda e interessi nazionali : l'Italia nella politica internazionale del secondo dopoguerra / Massimo de Leonardis. - Soveria Mannelli : Rubbettino, 2014. - XX, 354 pages. ; 23 cm. - (Saggi ; 332) (Studi internazionali) Includes bibliographical references and index. - 2014
Keywords: Italy, International relations, International politics, Foreign policy, Cold war, History,

3. Tempi decisivi
Tempi decisivi : natura e retorica delle crisi internazionali / Alessandro Colombo. - Milano : Feltrinelli, 2014. - 266 pages. ; 23 cm. - (Campi del sapere) Bibliography: page 241-266. - Notes: page 219-239. - 2014
Keywords: Conflict management, International peace and security, International politics,

4. Democracia y derechos humanos en las cumbres iberoamericanas: teoría y práctica
Democracia y derechos humanos en las cumbres iberoamericanas: teoría y práctica / Celestino del Arenal. - [Madrid] : Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores y de Cooperación. - Page 147-163 In: La Cumbre de Cádiz y las relaciones de España con América Latina : V Jornadas iberoamericanas de Estudios internacionales de la Asociación Española de Profesores de Derecho Internacional y Relaciones Internacionales : X Reunión de la Asociación de Academias, Escuelas e Institutos Diplomáticos Iberoamericanos 2012 : Cádiz, 26 y 27 de octubre de 2012 / Alejandro Del Valle Gálvez, Inmaculada González García, Miguel A. Acosta Sánchez (coordinadores): (2013), Page 147-163. - 2013
Keywords: Spain, Latin America, International relations, Summits, Human rights, Democracy,

5. Les nouveaux modes de gestion de la proximité euromaghrébine
Les nouveaux modes de gestion de la proximité euromaghrébine / Jean-Robert Henry In: L'année du Maghreb = ISSN 1952-8108: vol. 2013, page 39-56. - 2013
Keywords: Maghreb, European Union, Mediterranean countries, Partnerships, Management, Common foreign and security policy, Foreign policy, Arab Spring, Geopolitics,

6. La construction du Maghreb au défi du partenariat euro-méditerranéen de l'Union européenne
La construction du Maghreb au défi du partenariat euro-méditerranéen de l'Union européenne / Abdelwahab Biad In: L'année du Maghreb = ISSN 1952-8108: vol. 2013, page 103-124. - 2013
Keywords: Maghreb, European Union, European neighbourhood policy, Partnerships, International relations, Foreign policy, Common foreign and security policy, International co-operation,

7. Les effets divergents du printemps arabe sur la coopération euro-méditerranéenne en Tunisie et au Maroc
Les effets divergents du printemps arabe sur la coopération euro-méditerranéenne en Tunisie et au Maroc / Jean-Yves Moisseron, Sébastien Abis, Julien Velud, Frédéric Teulon In: L'année du Maghreb = ISSN 1952-8108: vol. 2013, page 125-142. - 2013
Keywords: European Union, Morocco, Tunesia, Maghreb, Arab Spring, International relations, Common foreign and security policy, European neighbourhood policy, Foreign policy, Geopolitics,

8. Printemps arabe et nouvel ordre géopolitique au Maghreb
Printemps arabe et nouvel ordre géopolitique au Maghreb / Smail Kouttroub In: L'année du Maghreb = ISSN 1952-8108: vol. 2013, page 143-156. - 2013
Keywords: Maghreb, European Union, Arab Spring, Common foreign and security policy, Geopolitics, International relations, Foreign policy,

9. Le Maghreb et l'Organisation mondiale du commerce
Le Maghreb et l'Organisation mondiale du commerce : miroir aux alouettes? / Habib Ghérari In: L'année du Maghreb = ISSN 1952-8108: vol. 2013, page 159-172. - 2013
Keywords: Maghreb, European Union, World Trade Organization, General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, International trade, International relations, Multilateralism, Trade relations,

10. Les nouvelles relations entre l'Inde et les pays du Maghreb
Les nouvelles relations entre l'Inde et les pays du Maghreb / Isabelle Saint-Mézard In: L'année du Maghreb = ISSN 1952-8108: vol. 2013, page 211-233. - 2013
Keywords: Maghreb, India, International relations, Foreign policy, Diplomacy, Trade relations,

11. Rethinking and Theorizing Regional Integration in Southern Africa
Rethinking and Theorizing Regional Integration in Southern Africa / Luwam G. Dirar In: Emory International Law Review = ISSN 1052-2840: vol. 28, issue 1, page 123-165. - 2014
Keywords: South Africa, Regionalism, Integration, Theory, Philosophy of law, Pan-africanism, Peace, Pacifism, International relations theory,

12. The Impact of Globalisation and the Traditional Role of the State in an increasingly Borderless World
The Impact of Globalisation and the Traditional Role of the State in an increasingly Borderless World / Nehaluddin Ahmad In: International Review of Constitutionalism = ISSN 1569-3074: vol. 13, issue 2, page 213-234. - 2013
Keywords: Globalization, States, Sovereignty,

13. 50th Anniversary of the Élysée Treaty
50th Anniversary of the Élysée Treaty / Julie Siegfried, Marieke Lüdecke In: German Yearbook of International Law = ISSN 0344-3094: vol. 56 (2013), page 557-571. - 2013
Keywords: West Germany, France, Bilateral agreements, Political co-operation, European integration, International relations,

14. Power and representation in global governance
Power and representation in global governance / Bryant Edward Harden. - [New York, NY : American Research Institute for Policy Development], 2014. - Page 1-17 Reprint of: Journal of Power, Politics & Governance ; vol. 2, no. 2 (June 2014). - Includes bibliographical references and abstract. - 2014
Keywords: United Nations, Global governance, Humanitarian intervention, Paul-Michel Foucault (1926-1984), Political philosophy, E-docs,

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    This balanced and thoughtful book presents a thorough analysis of the dynamics of China s foreign relations. Sebastian Heilmann and Dirk H. Schmidt provide a comprehensive and discriminating view of the complex, often competing factors (domestic influences, regional tensions, global uncertainties) that shape Chinese foreign policy. They portray the PRC as a land of multiple identities-a nation that is becoming more assertive in East Asia as it explores novel approaches to its foreign economic policies, while simultaneously displaying thin-skinned sensitivities when confronted with international criticism. The authors argue that unconventional approaches to foreign relations-in particular a unique combination of long-term strategies with multilevel policy experiments-are driving Chinese global expansion. The provocative and challenging final chapter, designed to spur discussion, considers China s imperial identity warring against the decentralized activities conducted in the shadow of the empire. Illicit transnational guerilla-like networks have thus become powerful driving forces behind the continued development of China s foreign policy as well as its foreign-trade relations. The authors contend that the activities of these niche nomads, with their largely invisible or chameleon-like presence, constitute the most alarming dimension of China s foreign relations as they gain ground and resources in many parts of the world with the potential to shake the very foundations of other societies.

    This balanced and thoughtful book presents a thorough analysis of the dynamics of China s foreign relations. Sebastian Heilmann and Dirk H. Schmidt provide a comprehensive and discriminating view of the complex, often competing factors (domestic influences, regional tensions, global uncertainties) that shape Chinese foreign policy. They portray the PRC as a land of multiple identities-a nation that is becoming more assertive in East Asia as it explores novel approaches to its foreign economic policies, while simultaneously displaying thin-skinned sensitivities when confronted with international criticism. The authors argue that unconventional approaches to foreign relations-in particular a unique combination of long-term strategies with multilevel policy experiments-are driving Chinese global expansion. The provocative and challenging final chapter, designed to spur discussion, considers China s imperial identity warring against the decentralized activities conducted in the shadow of the empire. Illicit transnational guerilla-like networks have thus become powerful driving forces behind the continued development of China s foreign policy as well as its foreign-trade relations. The authors contend that the activities of these niche nomads, with their largely invisible or chameleon-like presence, constitute the most alarming dimension of China s foreign relations as they gain ground and resources in many parts of the world with the potential to shake the very foundations of other societies.

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  • Murithi, T., Handbook of Africa's International Relations, New York, Routledge, 2014.

    Africa’s international relations have often been defined and oriented by the dominant international and geopolitical agendas of the day. In the aftermath of colonialism the Cold War became a dominant paradigm that defined the nature of the continent’s relationship with the rest of the world. The contemporary forces of globalization are now exerting an undue influence and impact upon Africa’s international relations. Increasingly, the African continent is emerging as a vocal, and in some respects an influential, actor in international relations. There is a lack of analysis and research on this emerging trend. This timely book fills this analytical gap by engaging with a wide range of issues, with chapters written by experts on a variety of themes.

The emerging political prominence of the African continent on the world stage is predicated on an evolving internal process of continental integration. In particular, there are normative and policy efforts to revive the spirit of Pan-Africanism: the 21st century is witnessing the evolution of Pan-Africanism, notably through the constitution and establishment of the African Union (AU). Given the dearth of analysis on this phenomemon, this volume also examines the notion of Pan-Africanism through various lenses – notably peace and security, development, the environment and trade.

The volume will also engage with the emerging role of the AU as an international actor, e.g. with regard to its role in the reform of the United Nations Security Council, climate change, the International Criminal Court (ICC), the treaty establishing Africa as a nuclear-free zone, Internally Displaced Persons, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), international trade, the environment, public health issues, security, and development issues. This book will assess how the AU’s role as an international actor is complicated by the difficulty of promoting consensus among African states and then maintaining that consensus in the face of often divergent national interests. This book will in part assess the role of the AU in articulating collective and joint policies and in making interventions in international decision and policy-making circles.

The Handbook will also assess the role of African social movements and their relationship with global actors. The role of African citizens in improving their own conditions is often underplayed in the international relations discourse, and this volume will seek to redress this oversight. Throughout the book the various chapters will also assess the role that these citizen linkages have contributed towards continental integration and in confronting the challenges of globalization.

    Africa’s international relations have often been defined and oriented by the dominant international and geopolitical agendas of the day. In the aftermath of colonialism the Cold War became a dominant paradigm that defined the nature of the continent’s relationship with the rest of the world. The contemporary forces of globalization are now exerting an undue influence and impact upon Africa’s international relations. Increasingly, the African continent is emerging as a vocal, and in some respects an influential, actor in international relations. There is a lack of analysis and research on this emerging trend. This timely book fills this analytical gap by engaging with a wide range of issues, with chapters written by experts on a variety of themes.

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  • Ismael, T.Y. and G.E. Perry (eds.), The International Relations of the Contemporary Middle East : Subordination and Beyond, Ismael, London, Routledge, 2014 [2013].

    The International Relations of the Contemporary Middle East Subordination and Beyond

    The Middle East, a few decades ago, was seen to be an autonomous subsystem of the global international political system. More recently, the region has been subordinated to the hegemony of a singular superpower, the US, bolstered by an alliance with Israel and a network of Arab client states.

    The subordination of the contemporary Middle East has resulted in large part from the disappearance of countervailing forces, for example, global bipolarity, that for a while allowed the Arab world in particular to exercise a modicum of flexibility in shaping its international relations.The aspirations of the indigenous population of the Middle East have been stifled by the dynamics of the unequal global power relationships, and domestic politics of the countries of the region are regularly subordinated to the prerogatives of international markets and the strategic competition of the great powers.

    Employing the concept of imperialism, defined as a pattern of alliances between a center (rulers) in the Center (developed) country and a center (client regime) in the Periphery (underdeveloped country) – as an overall framework to analyse the subordination of the region, this book is essential reading for students and scholars of the Middle East, International Relations, and Politics in general.

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  • Bueno de Mesquita, B., Principles of International Politics, Washington, DC, CQ Press, 2014.

    Bueno de Mesquita, B., Principles of International Politics, Washington, DC, CQ Press, 2014.

    Renowned scholar Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, who set the standard for the scientific approach to international relations and transformed the field, has returned with a reformulated fifth edition based on extensive reviewer feedback and guided by an emphasis on questions about the causes and consequences of war, peace, and world order. More than ever before, the strategic perspective in international relations is examined with complete clarity, precision, and accessibility. What hasn’t changed is Bueno de Mesquita’s commitment to covering the fundamentals of IR. The foundational topics and examination are all there: the major theories of war, the domestic sources of international politics, an exploration of the democratic peace, the problems of terrorism, the role of foreign aid, democratization, international political economy, globalization, international organizations, international law, and the global environment. No other introductory text delivers such an easily-understood contemporary explanation of international politics, while truly enabling students to learn how to mobilize the key concepts and models themselves-thus develop a new method for thinking about world affairs. More than ever before, Principles provides a comprehensive evaluation of all aspects of international affairs, systematically compares the accuracy of competing approaches to international relations, and walks students through the simple, intuitive models and games that capture the essence of the strategic, selectorate viewpoint.

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  • Dunoff, J.L. and M.A. Pollack (eds.), Interdisciplinary Perspectives on International Law and International Relations: the State of the Art, New York, NY, Cambridge University Press, 2013.

    Dunoff, J.L. and M.A. Pollack (eds.), Interdisciplinary Perspectives on International Law and International Relations: the State of the Art, New York, NY, Cambridge University Press, 2013.

    International Law and International Relations: Synthesizing Insights from Interdisciplinary Scholarship brings together the most influential contemporary writers in the fields of international law and international relations to take stock of what we know about the making, interpretation, and enforcement of international law. The contributions to this volume critically explore what recent interdisciplinary work reveals about the design and workings of international institutions, the various roles played by international and domestic courts, and the factors that enhance compliance with international law. The volume also explores how interdisciplinary work has advanced theoretical understandings of the causes and consequences of the increased legalization of international affairs.

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  • Viotti, P.R. and M.V. Kauppi, International Relations and World Politics, Boston, MA, Pearson, 2013.

    Viotti, P.R. and M.V. Kauppi, International Relations and World Politics, Boston, MA, Pearson, 2013.

    Updated in its 5th edition, International Relations and World Politics is a toolkit that offers an authoritative survey of the field and practical ways to analyze current and future world problems. Drawn from the authors’ experience as scholars and practitioners, this new edition was completely rewritten to focus on an enduring teaching and learning goal-how individuals can apply theory, history, geography, and more for a lifetime of understanding politics in a globalized world. Whether as actors themselves in world politics, participants in the global economy, or simply readers of world news, those reading International Relations and World Politics not only get more help to master the field’s concepts but also get more help to understand that these are real-world ideas with real-world implications.

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  • Koivisto, M., Normative State Power in International Relations, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2012.

    Koivisto, M., Normative State Power in International Relations, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2012.

    While the relationship between norms and the state is an omnipresent research theme in International Relations, most international theory – from classical liberalism to recent constructivism – continues to treat ‘normative state power’ as an analytical impossibility. Scholarship within the fields of human rights, global civil society, and globalization remains primarily focused on moral evaluations and the mitigation of the geopolitical power of the state. Rarely are the normative institutional capacities of the state the focus of analysis. This book offers a new theory of normative state power in global politics. Marjo Koivisto argues that normative state power is distinct from the fiscal or military might of states. It is usually institutionalized and internalized within the state as a set of cultural norms relating to the role of statehood in local and global practice. By deploying both theoretical inquiry and substantive analysis of the Nordic model, the book offers a deep, institutionalist account of normative state power as exercised in relation to the welfare state. A case study of the internationalist networks of the Nordic states in times of economic crises (both the 1930s and 1990s) illustrates how, thanks to the persistence of normative state power, state forms tend to outlast political and economic transformations.

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  • Devetak, R. (et al.) (eds.), An Introduction to International Relations, Melbourne, Cambridge University Press, 2012.

    Devetak, R. (et al.) (eds.), An Introduction to International Relations, Melbourne, Cambridge University Press, 2012.

    Invaluable to students and those approaching the subject for the first time, An Introduction to International Relations, Second Edition provides a comprehensive and stimulating introduction to international relations, its traditions and its changing nature in an era of globalisation. Thoroughly revised and updated, it features chapters written by a range of experts from around the world. It presents a global perspective on the theories, history, developments and debates that shape this dynamic discipline and contemporary world politics. Now in full-colour and accompanied by a password-protected companion website featuring additional chapters and case studies, this is the indispensable guide to the study of international relations.

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  • Ku, C., International law, International Relations, and Global Governance, London, Routledge, 2012.

    Ku, C., International law, International Relations, and Global Governance, London, Routledge, 2012.

    International Relations and International Law have developed in parallel but distinctly throughout the 20th Century. However in recent years there has been recognition that their shared concerns in areas as diverse as the environment, transnational crime and terrorism, human rights and conflict resolution outweigh their disciplinary and methodological divergences. This concise and accessible volume focuses on collaborative work within the disciplines of international law and international relations, and highlights the need to develop this collaboration further, describing the value for individuals, states, IGOs, and other non-state actors in being able to draw on the cross-pollination of international relations and international legal scholarship. Helping readers to examine and understand how accumulated actions over time have given rise to system-wide changes, this work is essential reading for all students of international law, international relations and global governance.

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