Note on diplomatic recognition of governments
by Arthur H. Dean
The recognition of governments is but one aspect of the complex recognition question which has plagued policy makers and international lawyers from the founding of this Republic. In a broad sense recognition is involved every time the public acts of another state, whether legislative, administrative or judicial, come within the purview of our government or courts. However, the most publicized aspects of the recognition question are recognition of governments, recognition of states, recognition of belligerency or insurgency during civil wars, and recognition of the acquisition of new territory by
Arthur H. Dean represented the United States and sixteen nations contributing troops in negotiations at Panmunjom during the Korean crisis. He was Special United States Ambassador to Korea in 1953-1954, and Deputy to the Secretary of State for the political conference envisaged by the Korean Armistice. He is trustee of a number of international organizations and a member of the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law. Author of many articles on legal and constitutional subjects, Mr. Dean is now practicing law in New York City.