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Post-Soviet states and international law in a multipolar world: Rima Tkatova

The twentieth century was an epoch of international law in a ‘divided world’ when the stability of international society was guaranteed by bipolarity. It was during this age of bipolarity that Soviet and American doctrines of international law were impregnated by the specificity of interaction between power and law. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the international community seemed to enter a Fukuyamian ‘end of history’ and the last decade of the twentieth century was marked by moves towards a more homogeneous and unipolar world order. However, the beginning of the twenty-first century is an age of multipolarity, a concept taken from American international relations theory. International law finds itself closely linked with international policy, the diversity of the legal cultures and civilizations, and the multiplication of sites of power.