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  • Beyond the Westphalian Paradigm

    Beyond the Westphalian Paradigm

    January 3, 2014

    For decades, the process of European integration has been hampered by the predominance of the Westphalian system of international relations. According to this system, which owes its name to the 1648 Peace of Westphalia, the process of European integration had to result either in the creation of a federal European state or in the establishment of a confederal union of states. Founded in 1992, the EU defied the Westphalian paradigm from the outset.

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  • Ukraine, Moving East or West?

    Ukraine, Moving East or West?

    December 20, 2013

    Although Yanukovych has claimed many times to seek good ties with Russia and the EU simultaneously, it seems that by refusing to sign the Association Agreement (AA) and Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA) with the EU last November, the power balance is tipping towards Russia. As an alternative to further EU integration, Russia has been actively promoting Ukraine to join the Russian-led Customs Union with Belarus and Kazakhstan, which in the future could progress towards a further integrated Eurasian Union.

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  • Unresolved Territorial Disputes: The Tunbs and Abu Musa in the Gulf

    Unresolved Territorial Disputes: The Tunbs and Abu Musa in the Gulf

    October 4, 2013

    Last week, the Foreign Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, renewed his country’s demand for the restoration of sovereignty over three islands in the Persian Gulf region. Responding to the statement by the UAE, Iran’s representative reiterated his country’s full sovereignty over the islands and categorically rejected any claims to the contrary. The legal dispute about ownership and sovereignty of the three islands is based on rival historical claims by both sides.

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  • Vereeniging Nederland Canada

    Vereeniging Nederland-Canada

    June 12, 2013

    Poster published by the “Vereeniging Nederland-Canada” to inform the public about the activities of the foundation. Image: colorfull illustration showing two globes, on one globe Canada is highlighted and on the other The Netherlands. A Canadian and Dutch flag are connected to each other and sway around the globes. A carrier pigeon is flying from Canada to the Netherlands […]

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  • Vereenigde Naties. Elkaar begrijpen – in vrede leven

    June 12, 2013

    United Nations Peace Poster with the text “Understand each other – live in peace”. Image: In the center of the image a globe is depicted covered with photographs of people from all kind of nations. In front of the globe, at the left upper side, a dove is depicted with an olive branch, a symbol […]

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  • Petrič, E., Foreign Policy: From Conception to Diplomatic Practice, Leiden, Nijhoff, 2013.

    Book Launch of “Foreign Policy: From Conception to Diplomatic Practice”, by Ernest Petrič, Tuesday, 26 March

    April 5, 2013

    At the invitation of the Ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia in The Hague, a distinguished group of representatives of the legal institutions in The Hague gathered in the Historic Reading Room of the Peace Palace Library for the presentation of this important publication in the field of international relations.

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  • International Relations - Research Guide International Law

    International Relations

    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 organizations, inter-governmental organizations, international and national non-governmental organizations and multinational corporations, through which States interact.

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  • International Organizations and Relations

    The Peace Palace Library Research Guides are intended as a starting point for legal research on various topics of International Law. They provide the basic legal materials available in the Peace Palace Library, both in print and electronic format and on the Internet. Reference works, leading articles, bibliographies, periodicals, serial publications and documents of interest are presented in the Selective Bibliography sections. Links to the library’s Online Public Access Catalogue are inserted. Special attention is given to our subscriptions on databases, e-journals, e-books and other electronic resources. Finally, the Research Guides feature links to relevant blogs, websites and other online resources of particular interest.

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  • Sino-US relations

    February 4, 2010

    Last week the US announced a major arms sales package to Taiwan, worth $6 billion of defensive weapons. The response of the Chinese government on this very sensitive issue was unusually tough. Taiwan is considered a province of the Peoples Republic of China since 1949 and mutual respect for territorial integrity is one of the […]

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