Politics Over the Claim of Individual Self-Defense at Wars: Aid Conditionality and Reciprocity in Asian Regional Conflict

  • Atsushi TAGOEmail author
Part of the The Political Economy of the Asia Pacific book series (PEAP)


The United Nations prohibits use of force in international relations in general, and the exception of this prohibition rule is defined as the individual and collective rights of self-defense (Article 51). The chapter indicates that the decision over whether a self-defense claim is to be filed to the UN Security Council depends on reciprocal relations with the other state involved in the conflict as well as a key hegemonic power state (e.g. the United States of America) which provides necessary military equipment to keep a long-term war capability. Compliance with the rule of self-defense, i.e. international law, is thus determined by its strategic interactions with other countries and this fits to a case of India-Pakistan - a case usually we less likely to fit rational choice model to explain their political decisions. The dataset on individual self-defense claims to the UN Security Council tells that there is a general evidence to support the arguments of this chapter.


Self-defense Aid Conditionality India-Pakistan War International law 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Graduate School of LawKobe UniversityKobeJapan

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