The scope of the academic field of International Relations encompasses a variety of subjects, such as international and regional peace and security, international organizations, nuclear proliferation, globalization, nationalism, state sovereignty, human rights, economic development, intervention, terrorism, international financial relations, and international trade relations. Taking in mind the various academic disciplines with which international affairs is interconnected, international relations could be considered interdisciplinary in nature. For example, this field of study is interrelated with economics, globalization, history, political science, geography, international law, sociology, demography and communication studies. 

This Research Guide is intended as a starting point for research on International Relations. It provides the basic legal 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 subject heading (keyword) International Relations is 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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Stevens, T., and N. Michelsen (eds.), Pessimism in International Relations. Provocations, Possibilities, Politics, 2020.
This volume explores the past, present and future of pessimism in International Relations. It seeks to differentiate pessimism from cynicism and fatalism and assess its possibilities as a respectable perspective on national and international politics.
Levin‎, J. (ed.), Nomad-state Relationships in International Relations. Before and After Borders, 2020
This book offers a first overarching look at the relationship between states and their citizens abroad, approached through the concept "duty of care". How can society best be protected, when increasing numbers of citizens are found outside the borders of the state?
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UN Declarations and Resolutions

Soft law

Reference works

Selected books and articles

Periodicals, serial publications