International Peace and Security

Introduction

International Peace and Security - Research Guide International Law

Nowadays many international or regional organizations are involved in peacemaking, peace-enforcing and peacekeeping activities: United Nations, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, African Union, European Union, etc. In fact, they send multinational forces to the various conflict areas. While the expression ‘collective security’ does not occur in the United Nations Charter, it is often used to refer to the system for the maintenance of international peace and security under the UN Charter and the corresponding provisions of regional organizations. According to the UN Charter the United Nations have the primary responsilibility ‘[t]o maintain international peace and security, and to that end: to take effective collective measures for the prevention and removal of threats to the peace, and for the suppression of acts of aggression or other breaches of the peace
’ (Art. 1 (1) UN Charter). If it determines, in accordance with Art. 39 UN Charter, the existence of a threat to the peace, breach of the peace, or act of aggression, the UN Security Council may make recommendations, or decide what measures shall be taken by members of the UN to maintain or restore international peace and security.

This Research Guide is intended as a starting point for research in the field of International Peace and Security. 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 codes 41. International police and  179. International Peace and Security and subject heading (keyword) International Peace and Security 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.

New titles


1. Asia's security
Asia's security / Robert Ayson. - London : Palgrave, Macmillan education, 2015. - IX, 318 pages. : maps. ; 24 cm Includes bibliographical references and index. - 2015
Keywords: Asia, Regional security, International relations,

2. Technik und Recht - am Beispiel NSA
Technik und Recht - am Beispiel NSA / Fritjof Haft. - MĂŒnchen : C.H. Beck. - Page 133-139 In: Ars aequi et boni in mundo : Festschrift fĂŒr Rolf A. SchĂŒtze zum 80. Geburtstag / herausgegeben von Reinhold Geimer, Athanassios Kaissis, Roderich C. ThĂŒmmel, ISBN 9783406673252: (2014), Page 133-139. - 2014
Keywords: Germany, United States of America, Secret services, Espionage, Personal data, National security,

3. Die UNO - ein wirksames Instrument des Weltfriedens?
Die UNO - ein wirksames Instrument des Weltfriedens? / Joelson Dias. - Potsdam : WeltTrends. - Page 35-43 In: Die UNO und das Völkerrecht in den internationalen Beziehungen der Gegenwart / Erhard Crome (Hrsg.), ISBN 9783941880665: (2012), Page 35-43. - 2012
Keywords: United Nations, Security Council, International peace and security, Humanitarian intervention,

4. Das Kapitel VII der UN-Charta
Das Kapitel VII der UN-Charta : kritische Bemerkungen eines Juristen / Gregor Schirmer. - Potsdam : WeltTrends. - Page 45-57 In: Die UNO und das Völkerrecht in den internationalen Beziehungen der Gegenwart / Erhard Crome (Hrsg.), ISBN 9783941880665: (2012), Page 45-57. - 2012
Keywords: Germany, United Nations, Security Council, International peace and security, Armed forces, Peacekeeping,

5. Responsibility to protect - ein neues Konzept fĂŒr neue Kriege?
Responsibility to protect - ein neues Konzept fĂŒr neue Kriege? / Norman Paech. - Potsdam : WeltTrends. - Page 89-97 In: Die UNO und das Völkerrecht in den internationalen Beziehungen der Gegenwart / Erhard Crome (Hrsg.), ISBN 9783941880665: (2012), Page 89-97. - 2012
Keywords: United Nations, Security Council, Responsibility to protect, Humanitarian intervention,

6. The International Nuclear Non-proliferation Policy Framework under the NPT and Related Instruments
The International Nuclear Non-proliferation Policy Framework under the NPT and Related Instruments / Dimitris Bourantonis. - Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire : Palgrave Macmillan. - Page 33-47 In: The EU and the Non-proliferation of Nuclear Weapons / edited by Spyros Blavoukos, Dimitrios Bourantonis and Clara Portela, ISBN 9781137378439: (2015), Page 33-47. - 2015
Keywords: Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (London, Moscow, Washington, D.C., 1 July 1968), Nuclear weapons, Proliferation,

7. Moderne Kriegswaffen
Moderne Kriegswaffen : die technologische Perspektive / Manfred Braitinger, Wolfgang Jansen. - Baden-Baden : Nomos. - Page 56-61 In: Moderne Waffentechnologie : HÀlt das Recht Schritt? / Christof Gramm, Dieter WeingÀrtner (Hrsg.), ISBN 9783848724802: (2015), Page 56-61. - 2015
Keywords: Armament, Military technology, Development,

8. ZulÀssige und verbotene Kriegswaffen - Was macht den Unterschied?
ZulÀssige und verbotene Kriegswaffen - Was macht den Unterschied? / Christof Gramm. - Baden-Baden : Nomos. - Page 62-84 In: Moderne Waffentechnologie : HÀlt das Recht Schritt? / Christof Gramm, Dieter WeingÀrtner (Hrsg.), ISBN 9783848724802: (2015), Page 62-84. - 2015
Keywords: Armament, Military ethics, International humanitarian law,

9. Kampfdrohnenpiloten und PTBS
Kampfdrohnenpiloten und PTBS : FĂŒrsorgepflicht des Staates bei psychischen Belastungen der Soldaten in der Bundeswehr / Jana Hertwig. - Baden-Baden : Nomos. - Page 178-199 In: Moderne Waffentechnologie : HĂ€lt das Recht Schritt? / Christof Gramm, Dieter WeingĂ€rtner (Hrsg.), ISBN 9783848724802: (2015), Page 178-199. - 2015
Keywords: Germany, Unmanned vehicles, Armed forces, Health,

10. Child Soldiering in Afghanistan
Child Soldiering in Afghanistan / Delphine Boutin. - Austin : University of Texas Press. - Page 153-169 In: Children of Afghanistan : The Path to Peace / edited by Jennifer Heath and Ashraf Zahedi, ISBN 9780292759312: (2014), Page 153-169. - 2014
Keywords: Afghanistan, Children, Child soldiers, Integration,

Bibliography

Reference works

Books

Leading articles

Documents

Periodicals, serial publications

Bibliographies

New titles


1. Asia's security
Asia's security / Robert Ayson. - London : Palgrave, Macmillan education, 2015. - IX, 318 pages. : maps. ; 24 cm Includes bibliographical references and index. - 2015
Keywords: Asia, Regional security, International relations,

2. Technik und Recht - am Beispiel NSA
Technik und Recht - am Beispiel NSA / Fritjof Haft. - MĂŒnchen : C.H. Beck. - Page 133-139 In: Ars aequi et boni in mundo : Festschrift fĂŒr Rolf A. SchĂŒtze zum 80. Geburtstag / herausgegeben von Reinhold Geimer, Athanassios Kaissis, Roderich C. ThĂŒmmel, ISBN 9783406673252: (2014), Page 133-139. - 2014
Keywords: Germany, United States of America, Secret services, Espionage, Personal data, National security,

3. Die UNO - ein wirksames Instrument des Weltfriedens?
Die UNO - ein wirksames Instrument des Weltfriedens? / Joelson Dias. - Potsdam : WeltTrends. - Page 35-43 In: Die UNO und das Völkerrecht in den internationalen Beziehungen der Gegenwart / Erhard Crome (Hrsg.), ISBN 9783941880665: (2012), Page 35-43. - 2012
Keywords: United Nations, Security Council, International peace and security, Humanitarian intervention,

4. Das Kapitel VII der UN-Charta
Das Kapitel VII der UN-Charta : kritische Bemerkungen eines Juristen / Gregor Schirmer. - Potsdam : WeltTrends. - Page 45-57 In: Die UNO und das Völkerrecht in den internationalen Beziehungen der Gegenwart / Erhard Crome (Hrsg.), ISBN 9783941880665: (2012), Page 45-57. - 2012
Keywords: Germany, United Nations, Security Council, International peace and security, Armed forces, Peacekeeping,

5. Responsibility to protect - ein neues Konzept fĂŒr neue Kriege?
Responsibility to protect - ein neues Konzept fĂŒr neue Kriege? / Norman Paech. - Potsdam : WeltTrends. - Page 89-97 In: Die UNO und das Völkerrecht in den internationalen Beziehungen der Gegenwart / Erhard Crome (Hrsg.), ISBN 9783941880665: (2012), Page 89-97. - 2012
Keywords: United Nations, Security Council, Responsibility to protect, Humanitarian intervention,

6. The International Nuclear Non-proliferation Policy Framework under the NPT and Related Instruments
The International Nuclear Non-proliferation Policy Framework under the NPT and Related Instruments / Dimitris Bourantonis. - Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire : Palgrave Macmillan. - Page 33-47 In: The EU and the Non-proliferation of Nuclear Weapons / edited by Spyros Blavoukos, Dimitrios Bourantonis and Clara Portela, ISBN 9781137378439: (2015), Page 33-47. - 2015
Keywords: Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (London, Moscow, Washington, D.C., 1 July 1968), Nuclear weapons, Proliferation,

7. Moderne Kriegswaffen
Moderne Kriegswaffen : die technologische Perspektive / Manfred Braitinger, Wolfgang Jansen. - Baden-Baden : Nomos. - Page 56-61 In: Moderne Waffentechnologie : HÀlt das Recht Schritt? / Christof Gramm, Dieter WeingÀrtner (Hrsg.), ISBN 9783848724802: (2015), Page 56-61. - 2015
Keywords: Armament, Military technology, Development,

8. ZulÀssige und verbotene Kriegswaffen - Was macht den Unterschied?
ZulÀssige und verbotene Kriegswaffen - Was macht den Unterschied? / Christof Gramm. - Baden-Baden : Nomos. - Page 62-84 In: Moderne Waffentechnologie : HÀlt das Recht Schritt? / Christof Gramm, Dieter WeingÀrtner (Hrsg.), ISBN 9783848724802: (2015), Page 62-84. - 2015
Keywords: Armament, Military ethics, International humanitarian law,

9. Kampfdrohnenpiloten und PTBS
Kampfdrohnenpiloten und PTBS : FĂŒrsorgepflicht des Staates bei psychischen Belastungen der Soldaten in der Bundeswehr / Jana Hertwig. - Baden-Baden : Nomos. - Page 178-199 In: Moderne Waffentechnologie : HĂ€lt das Recht Schritt? / Christof Gramm, Dieter WeingĂ€rtner (Hrsg.), ISBN 9783848724802: (2015), Page 178-199. - 2015
Keywords: Germany, Unmanned vehicles, Armed forces, Health,

10. Child Soldiering in Afghanistan
Child Soldiering in Afghanistan / Delphine Boutin. - Austin : University of Texas Press. - Page 153-169 In: Children of Afghanistan : The Path to Peace / edited by Jennifer Heath and Ashraf Zahedi, ISBN 9780292759312: (2014), Page 153-169. - 2014
Keywords: Afghanistan, Children, Child soldiers, Integration,

Librarian's choice

  • Dannreuther, R., International Security: the Contemporary Agenda, Cambridge, Polity, 2013.

    Dannreuther, R., International Security : the Contemporary Agenda, Cambridge, Polity, 2013.

    International Security is a cutting-edge analysis of the key security challenges and developments in the post-Cold War world. Drawing on a wide range of contemporary examples, from the Iraq war to the rise of China, it is an essential guide for students and policy makers seeking to understand the theoretical and empirical debates over the fast-changing nature of international security today.

    The book is organized into four main parts. Part 1 provides an analytical framework for the book, identifying the most significant post-Cold War shifts in international security and recent theoretical developments in security studies. Part 2 analyses the root causes for contemporary warfare, the dilemmas and debates over military intervention, and the role played by the UN, NATO and other organizations in maintaining international peace and security. Part 3 assesses the challenges of environmental security, including the threat of resource-based conflict, most notably over oil and water, and the perceived security challenges of international migration. Part 4 discusses the new security challenges posed by international terrorism, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and cyber warfare. It explores the strategies and policies adopted by the United States, particularly in the aftermath of 9/11 and assesses the implications of the rise of China and other emerging powers.

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  • Neri, K., L'emploi de la force en mer, Bruxelles, Bruylant, 2013.

    Neri, K., L'emploi de la force en mer, Bruxelles, Bruylant, 2013.

    Le droit international contemporain se trouve face Ă  un dĂ©fi majeur : assurer la sĂ©curitĂ© et la libertĂ© des espaces maritimes, alors que l’on y observe une recrudescence des activitĂ©s illicites ou dangereuses. L’étude s’inscrit dans le cadre de ce dĂ©fi et tente de cerner la problĂ©matique de l’emploi de la force en mer afin de lutter contre ces activitĂ©s. Dans le contexte du dĂ©veloppement et de la mise en oeuvre de pouvoirs de police dans les zones maritimes, l’ouvrage dĂ©montre l’ambivalence de la police internationale relative Ă  la mer. Il est caractĂ©risĂ© par une double juxtaposition entre l’objet de l’emploi de la force en mer (activitĂ©s illicites de personnes privĂ©es ou actes illicites des Ă©tats) et entre les acteurs chargĂ©s de lutter contre l’illicite en mer.

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  • Matlary, J.H. and Petersson, M. (eds.), NATO's European Allies: Military Capability and Political Will, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.

    Matlary, J.H. and Petersson, M. (eds.), NATO's European Allies: Military Capability and Political Will, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.

    This edited collection asks whether Europe, in a current situation of economic austerity and postmodern political values, can play a key role in regional and global security and defence. Hitherto Europeans have been called upon to rise to the occasion of matching the US with minor contributions, ranging from "showing the flag" to militarily important contributions. But when the US signals that its lead role no longer is automatic, what about the European allies? Can they and will they undertake sharp operations on their own, assuming leading roles? Which of NATO's European allies are able militarily, and willing politically, to undertake "sharp operations" and to actually use force for the purpose of policy? This issue is of key importance for policy as well as for scholarship on NATO. In this volume, the ability and willingness to use force for political purposes amongst NATO's European members are explored, firstly considering the important drivers for the use of force, namely history, political culture, economy and threat perceptions, and then scrutinising the use of force in eight European NATO countries: the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Poland, Hungary, Denmark and Norway.

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  • Tercinet, J., Le maintien de la paix et de la sĂ©curitĂ© internationales, Bruxelles, Bruylant, 2012.

    RĂ©solument ancrĂ© dans une approche interdisciplinaire conjuguant harmonieusement le droit du maintien de la paix et la gĂ©opolitique, l’ouvrage apporte un Ă©clairage lumineux sur les mutations profondes qui ont affectĂ© le maintien de la paix depuis sa crĂ©ation, qu’il s’agisse de la diversification de ses opĂ©rations et de ses acteurs, de la complexification grandissante des modalitĂ©s de ses interventions et des nĂ©cessaires articulations entre leurs diffĂ©rents niveaux, onusien ou non.

    Ce recueil d’études, hommage de la communautĂ© scientifique et des collĂšgues et amis du professeur Josiane Tercinet, rassemble une sĂ©lection de ses publications - chroniques, Ă©tudes de cas et synthĂšses critiques - consacrĂ©es Ă  l’analyse du maintien de la paix et de la sĂ©curitĂ© internationales. Il propose une documentation rigoureuse et constitue une contribution scientifique prĂ©cieuse pour la doctrine du droit et des relations internationales touchant Ă  la sĂ©curitĂ©. RĂ©solument ancrĂ© dans une approche interdisciplinaire conjuguant harmonieusement le droit du maintien de la paix et la gĂ©opolitique, l’ouvrage apporte un Ă©clairage lumineux sur les mutations profondes qui ont affectĂ© le maintien de la paix depuis sa crĂ©ation, qu’il s’agisse de la diversification de ses opĂ©rations et de ses acteurs, de la complexification grandissante des modalitĂ©s de ses interventions et des nĂ©cessaires articulations entre leurs diffĂ©rents niveaux, onusien ou non.

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  • Llopis, A.P., Force, ONU et organisations régionales: répartition des responsabilités en matière coercitive, Bruxelles, Bruylant, 2012.

    Llopis, A.P., Force, ONU et organisations régionales: répartition des responsabilités en matière coercitive, Bruxelles, Bruylant, 2012.

    L'étude se penche sur le rÎle des organisations régionales dans le domaine de la coercition. L'auteur met en lumiÚre qu'il existe deux modes de relation entre l'ONU et les organisations régionales, la déconcentration et la décentralisation. Dans certains cas l'ONU délÚgue aux organisations régionales l'exécution des réactions à une menace pour la paix et dans d'autres cas non.

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Blogs

  • Peace Weekend Celebrations – International Rule of Law?

    This weekend The Hague will celebrate the International Day of Peace, September 21st, with a designated ‘Peace Weekend’.

    The celebrations vary from a peace run (with a Peace Palace team) to The Hague Open Doors Event, where the Peace Palace Library, together with the other international organizations of The Hague, will open their doors to the public.

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  • Nuclear Deal, Sanctions, Nuclear Diplomacy

    After nearly two years of arduous negotiations a comprehensive agreement on the nuclear program of Iran was signed in Vienna on 14 July 2015. In exchange for reducing Iran’s nuclear activities drastically, the United States and the European Union would lift their nuclear-related sanctions on the Iranian economy. Most countries and international organizations welcomed the agreement. Will U.S. President Obama be remembered as initiator of this ‘historic’ deal? The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is a nuclear agreement signed in Vienna on 14 July 2015 between Iran, the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council—China, France, Russia, United Kingdom, United States—plus Germany), and the European Union.

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  • Coalition against Islamic State: Too Many Obstacles?

    After weeks of fighting, Islamic State succeeded in taking over the Iraqi city of Ramadi and it currently controls large parts of the al-Anbar province, which borders on Jordan, Syria and Saudi Arabia. Almost 25,000 residents have fled Ramadi. This week Islamic State also overran Syrian government troops to seize Palmyra (Homs province, Syria), home to the ruins of a 2,000-year-old city that was one of the most important cultural centers of the ancient world.The U.N. human rights office in Geneva said a third of Palmyra’s 200,000 residents may have fled the fighting in the past few days.

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  • Drones Deployed during War raise Various Legal and Ethical Questions

    Drones can be used for many different purposes. The use of drones raises various legal and ethical questions ranging from humanitarian to privacy issues. The Peace and Security Salon of 9 April discussed these questions in the context of the deployment of armed drones and robots during wartime. Three specialists each discussed the use of drones from a different background.

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  • Drones and Robots as Means of Modern Warfare

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  • Africa's Peacemakers: Nobel Peace Laureates

    As Africa and its diaspora commemorate fifty years of post-independence Pan-Africanism, Adekeye Adebajo’s new book ‘Africa’s Peace Makers: Nobel Peace Laureates of African Descent’ provides profound insight into the thirteen prominent individuals of African descent who have won the Nobel Peace Prize since 1950. These laureates have been variously involved in women’s rights, environmental protection, and nuclear disarmament. ‘Africa’s Peacemakers’ reveals how this remarkable collection of individuals has changed the world.

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  • Palestine in the International Criminal Court: impact and consequences!

    The year 2014 ended with a cliff-hanger for the Israeli-Palestinian question. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas signed the Rome Statute on New Year’s eve, a day after a UN resolution mandating Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank failed to pass at the Security Council. As a result, on 6 January 2015, the UN secretary-general confirmed by an official note that Palestine will accede to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court on April 1, 2015. In this blog I will explain the meaning of the Palestinian accession, the procedure of preliminary examination by the International Criminal Court and possible consequences for the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

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  • The Youth Peace Initiative 2014 and the Roadmap to Israeli-Palestinian Permanent Peace!

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  • Extending the Coalition against Islamic State

    Yesterday, Turkey’s parliament has backed a motion that could allow its military to enter Iraq and Syria to join the campaign against Islamic State (IS) militants. While Arab countries including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Bahrain and Qatar have quickly joined the bombing campaign, Washington’s traditional Western allies had been slow to answer the call from U.S. President Barack Obama. France was the first Western country to respond, but this week national parliaments in the United Kingdom, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark and Australia have approved to join the global coalition against Islamic State too.

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  • Modern Technology and Its Potential Role in Peace Building and Conflict Prevention

    On August 20, the Hague Institute for Global Justice organized a high level panel on ‘Peace Technologies’ together with the newly established Peace Informatics Lab of Leiden Univeristy. A discussion was held between experts from civil society groups, governmental institutions, academia and the private sector to exchange ideas and examine what role modern technology can play in peace processes or in the prevention of conflicts. The event was an important opportunity to share knowledge in what is considered to be a revolutionary field. This blog will provide a brief summary of this event as well as give some background information on this particular subject.

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  • Hague Academy Model United Nations on Drone Warfare and International Law

    Directed energy weapons, drones, self targeting bullets, mobile tactical high energy lasers, military robots, spy weapons, weapons undetectable under an x-ray scan, remote controlled insect armies, self driving tanks, robotic mules, thermal camouflage, surveillance technologies and autonomous unmanned systems are some examples of the high tech weapons and military technology that are now used during warfare. The use of this state of the art military technology raises serious ethical and legal questions: (when) is the use of drones acceptable?

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  • Interview: Dr. Christian Noack

    This month, our first time guest editor and colleague, Ms. Anna Duszczyk, invited Dr. Christian Noack from the University of Amsterdam, for an in-depth interview on the current crisis in Ukraine. Dr. Noack is an expert on Eastern European History, Media Studies and Slavonic Studies. In this interview, he will discuss his views on the current political situation in Ukraine and the role of Russia and the European Union in the crisis.

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  • Nuclear security: Dangers and Achievements

    Nuclear security is generally accepted to mean “the prevention of, detection of, and response to, criminal or intentional unauthorized acts involving or directed at nuclear material, other radioactive material, associated facilities, or associated activities”. In short it is about preventing terrorists from acquiring radioactive material or attacking nuclear facilities. Since the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001, nuclear security concerns have been heightened, but how real is the danger and what are the legal instruments to combat nuclear terrorism?

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  • A Justification for Russia’s Intervention?

    In the last week Russian military forces have occupied Crimea, the Ukrainian Black Sea peninsula where the majority of the population is ethnic Russian and the Russian Black Sea Fleet is deployed in the city of Sevastopol. In the Russian constitution a few articles describe circumstances where a primacy of Russian constitutional law above international law may occur. How does Russia legally justify its intervention? Guest Blog by Anna K. Duszczyk.

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  • Nuclear Security Summit 2014: Preventing Nuclear Terrorism Around the Globe

    On 24 and 25 March 2014 the Third Nuclear Security Summit will take place here in The Hague. Nuclear terrorism is one of the greatest threats to international peace and security. Even though the chance of a terrorist nuclear attack is small, the consequences would be enormous. The Nuclear Security Summit aims to enhance international cooperation in order to combat nuclear terrorist threats by preventing the illicit acquisition of nuclear material by non-state actors such as smugglers and terrorist groups.

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  • Open Season for Whistleblowers? Snowden and the right to privacy

    One of the best known whistleblowers at the moment is Edward Snowden. Snowden gave certain selected NSA documents to the Guardian and the Washington Post because “I can’t in good conscience allow the U.S. government to destroy privacy, internet freedom and basic liberties for people around the world with this massive surveillance machine they’re secretly building”.

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  • ARGO and the Follow-Up: Iran and the United States

    33 Years after the event, Hollywood has turned its attention to an episode that traumatized the United States for months: the seizure of the American Embassy in Tehran. As the US Embassy falls to a group of Islamist students and militants in support of the Iranian revolution and in retaliation for the USA’s sheltering of the recently deposed Shah, six diplomats slip out and seek sanctuary in the Canadian’s ambassador’s residence. It is up to the CIA’s Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) to extract them from the country before they are discovered by the Revolutionary Guards. The plan? Create a fake movie, called Argo, and pretend they’re the crew.

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  • Colombia: At Last Peace with the FARC?

    Columbia’s fourth attempt at peace with the Revolutionary Forces of Colombia (FARC) started formally last month in Oslo and will continue the 15th of November in Havana, Cuba. The earlier attempts- starting in 1984, 1990 and 1998- to end one of Latin America’s longest and bloodiest armed conflict all failed. Why would the outcome of the peace talks this time be different?

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  • The Legality of Drone Attacks

    According to a recent report by Stanford and New York Universities’ law schools (Living Under Drones), the current US drone strike policy is counterproductive, has injured and killed civilians and undermines respect for international law. This blog explores briefly both the ius ad bellum and ius in bello implications of drone attacks.

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  • The Body Counts : Civilian Casualties in War

    Throughout the post Cold War period there has been a widespread view that war and armed conflict have changed radically since the First World War to the point where some 80-90% of war victims are now civilians. Many modern wars have been accompanied by significant depopulations, along with destruction of infrastructure and resources.

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  • Ivory Coast : UNOCI mandat prolonged until 30 June 2011

    At 20 December 2010 the United Nations Security Council (SC/10132) extended the mission in Cote d’Ivoire until 30 June 2011, strongly condemned attempts to usurp the will of the people and urged respect for the election outcome : Alassane Ouattara, a former prime minister, banker and leader of the opposition, has been recognized as the winner of November’s election by the United Nations, the African Union, the United States and the European Union. The incumbent president, Laurent Gbagbo has resisted repeated calls for him to cede the office.

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  • The Nobel Peace Prize 2010: Liu Xiaobo

    Foto scanpize reuters handout The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2010 to Liu Xiaobo for his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China. The Norwegian Nobel Committee has long held the view that human rights and peace are closely linked. Human rights are essential for […]

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  • Cyberwar: From Fiction to Fact

    Computers rather than missiles could pose the biggest security threat of the future with nations able to cripple rivals by using cyberwarfare. Computer strikes could damage a country’s infrastructure as well as defence equipment, cutting off communications, power supplies and military command systems. Major interference on a large scale can be generated by computer viruses. A computer hacker can launch an attack by infiltrating databases and destroying critical data in any industry, company or government organization. Imagine the devastation of a deliberate power outage or shortage in the water supply. We’ve seen the dire results when this occurs because of a natural disaster. Such conflict has the ability to completely incapacitate an economy. The use of computers and internet in conducting warfare in cyberspace, is becoming increasingly more sophisticated.

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  • Military coup in Honduras: Zelaya going for president again? No (update)

    The Organization of American States (OAS) suspended Honduras on Saturday after the Supreme Court of Honduras has rejected to reinstate President Manuel Zelaya.

    The plane was kept from landing at the main Honduras airport Sunday because the runway was blocked by groups of soldiers with military vehicles, some of them lined up against a crowd of thousands outside. His Venezuelan pilots circled around the airport and decided not to risk a crash.

    Honduran coup leaders had three days to restore deposed President Manuel Zelaya to power, the Organization of American States (OAS) said Wednesday, before Honduras risks being suspended from the group.

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  • North Korea Confirms Nuclear Test

    ï»żï»żNorth Korea has conducted its second nuclear test, the country’s state news agency KCNA announced today. The nuclear test was expected. Earlier this year North Korea conducted a failed intercontinental missile test.

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  • International Conference on Afghanistan, The Hague, 31 March 2009

    On 31 March 2009, the Dutch government is hosting the ÂŽInternational Conference on Afghanistan: a Comprehensive Strategy in a Regional ContextÂŽ at the World Forum in The Hague. Building on the achievements of previous Conferences in Bonn, London and Paris, this Conference should reaffirm the solid and long-term commitment of the international community to supporting […]

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  • UNHCR concerned about displaced Congolese and continuing LRA attacks

    On 13 January 2009 the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR published a news story about the humanitarian situation in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The UNHCR estimated that 537 people had been killed in LRA attacks since September in Oriental Province, which borders Uganda and South Sudan.

    On the same day, Joe Bavier of Reuters reported UN-“officials said the security and humanitarian situation in Democratic Republic of Congo’s Oriental Province had sharply deteriorated since the military operation started on December 14. Uganda, Congo and South Sudan launched the joint offensive against the Ugandan rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in Congo’s Garamba National Park.”

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  • New Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) to be signed on December 3, 2008

    Cluster Bomb Tour Bus takes on Eastern Europe On Wednesday, 1st October an eight-week campaign trail through Europe was launched to convince all governments to sign a groundbreaking treaty banning cluster bombs, in Oslo on December 3, 2008. Beginning in Belgrade, Serbia and ending at the signing ceremony in Norway, the Ban Bus will rally […]

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  • Peace and Justice!

    On Thursday, 31 July, the United Nations Security Council adopted resolution 1828 (2008) renewing the mandate of UNAMID, the UN-African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur, for another year (resolution [PDF] and meeting record S/PV.5947 [PDF]).

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  • United Nations Sanctions Against Zimbabwe Leadership Vetoed

    A United States-led attempt to impose United Nations (UN) sanctions against Zimbabwe failed when on Friday, 11 July, China and Russia, both permanent members of the UN Security Council, voted against a draft resolution that would have instituted a travel ban and asset freeze against President Robert Mugabe and thirteen senior government/security officials in connection with the election violence in Zimbabwe.

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