Are there borders in international relations?
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The world as we perceive it still on the cards like a puzzle. Each piece is a state or a nation-state. Of course, a bounded territory and boundaries in which a single political power has a monopoly of legitimate violence, in the words of Max Weber, is the product of a slow build that is not a specifically European. However, it is in Europe where the principles of territorial and political puzzle that has gradually covered the entire planet have been constructed. The treaties of Westphalia, signed in 1648, can be considered the first European attempt to establish a legal order in relations between states. The main concern was the war. Grotius saw "the Christian world in an orgy of war that would have shamed even the barbarous nations". He was renovating the legal doctrines, "convinced of the existence of a right common to all peoples ". According to some historians, the writer implied the Treaty of Westphalia, one of the most fundamental theorists of international law for lawyers, "which takes place between nations or between conductors States." The right people are the origin of our contemporary public international law. Founded on the principle of sovereign equality, public international law cannot do without the modern concept of border, or a real border line between two geographic areas each owned and operated by a political power. This approach highlights the power, and return to a political theory and modern political philosophy which places violence and war in the heart of human nature. Thus the desire for peace, leads communities to balance their powers, in relations framed by the clear and structured world of law. Whether in the world called bipolar in the cold war era, or the contemporary world which we know as unipolar or multipolar, or in the European officiated by the six major European powers in the 19th century, the term international relations has designated the above relationships from state to state. Given the premise of the modern state, the border is truly the bedrock of international relations.