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The International Community Has Acted On Behalf Of States In The Past

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The international community has developed a toolbox of instruments to deal with the problem of performing another States obligations when, for specific reasons, the State is not capable of doing so itself. Firstly the author, explores other historical examples of past comparable experiences. To assess how this issue was addressed in the past, the author studies specific precedents in which international obligations have been performed not by the national government but by an alternative institution. In the first two cases, Trucial Coast States and post-WWII Germany, foreign relations were explicitly taken over by a third party, through a treaty or military occupation, but sovereignty was maintained and recognized. In the latter two cases, international obligations were performed by a third party, the United Nations or a caretake under a general mandate to administer. Finally, he briefly explores U.N. development projects as examples of long-term actions to address States.

Keywords: Germany; international community; national government; Trucial Coast States; United Nations



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