Three Contemporary Challenges within International Law in Asia

Executive Summary: International law is a collection of customs, practices, and agreements intended to govern relationships between and among states. But in a global system that prioritizes state sovereignty, the international legal regime cannot be a panacea for all conflicts. Asia is the world’s largest region by population and size, and there are several challenges in which international law has been unable to offer complete solutions. This analysis identifies three examples in which new policy approaches might prove beneficial: disputes in the South China Sea, nuclear nonproliferation in Asia, and the refugee crisis in Southeast Asia.

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