chapter  1
Introduction: international law and international politics – old divides, new developments
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Since the end of the Cold War, the international political terrain has altered significantly. We no longer live in a world of discrete national communities, but rather in a world of increasing economic, political, and cultural interdependence, where the trajectories of countries are heavily enmeshed with each other, and where the very nature of everyday processes links people together across borders in multiple ways. Globalization, understood as a multidimensional phenomenon, has put pressure on polities everywhere, gradually circumscribing and delimiting political power.1 The operation of these transnational social forces has had a profound effect on both the functioning and the conceptualization of international law and international politics.