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Palgrave Macmillan

Self-Defense in International Relations

ISBN 9780230245747
Publication Date December 2009
Formats Ebook (PDF) Hardcover 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

The right to individual and collective self-defense in international law and politics has always been a controversial issue. Using the example of how the US employs self-defense against Iraq, this book uncovers new dimensions, which lead to innovative and practical strategies and analysis. It takes into account legal norms, politics and scholarly debates on self-defense in the post cold-war world and shows how power, security, polarity and the primacy of sovereign states play out in an international context. Three overarching themes constitute the backdrop, namely international anarchy, unipolarity and the decentralized nature of international law.

RUCHI ANAND is Associate Professor at the American Graduate School of International Relations and Diplomacy in Paris, France. She is the author of International Environmental Justice: A North-South Dimension. Her research interests include international relations, international law, international organizations, foreign policy, environmental policy, politics of developing countries and women's studies.

Self Defense in International Relations
International Relations Theory Meets International Law
International Law Prohibiting the Use of Force
International Legal Exceptions to the Prohibition on the Use of Force
The Use of Force in Afghanistan and Iraq
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Ruchi Anand's fine book helps us think our way through this complex thicket of norms, ideas, practices, and scholarly debates. She makes excellent use of both the rationale of jurists for the outlawry of aggressive war and the best thinking of students of international relations with respect to the way power and security work in a world organized around the primacy of sovereign states, but newly afflicted with the rise of non-state actors... This book deserves the widest possible reading. - from the Foreword, Richard A. Falk, Professor Emeritus of International Law, Princeton University, USA
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