Questions tagged [diplomacy]

Diplomacy refers to the methodology involved in the relationship between various governments. This question covers both the art of diplomacy and the actions of diplomats themselves

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Why doesn't the UK rescue Nazanin Zaghari? [closed]

Nazanin Zaghari is a dual British-Iranian citizen who has been detained for years because of allegations over plotting to topple the Iranian government. These claims are clearly fictitious, and it's ...
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Why does Russia have so many nuclear weapons? [closed]

In the Cold War, Soviet Russia produced 55,000 nukes, and it made 30,000 warheads in 1991. [Source] Russia became one of the nations to have the largest nuclear stockpile and it has a deteriorating ...
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What are the intrinsic consequences of not officially recognising China?

If a country (say Australia) were to officially recognise Taiwan, then it’d have to forgo officially recognising China, because of the One China Policy. What intrinsic consequences would there be for ...
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Are there any contemporary (1990+) examples of appeasement in the diplomatic politics or is this a thing of the past?

I stumbled across the appeasement concept (a diplomatic policy of making political or material concessions to an aggressive power in order to avoid conflict) and noticed that all examples are from a ...
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Is it unusual for foreign leaders to congratulate US presidential candidates before their opponents have conceded?

This quote from the Voice of America suggests that it is not usual: Some Trump supporters expressed frustration with foreign leaders. “These early calls by foreign leaders congratulating Biden are ...
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Can the US President revoke Nixon's normalization of Chinese relations?

I think that it's pretty clear at this point that, despite having diplomatic relations and trade with America for the last 50 years, Communist China is still a repressive dictatorship; if the plan was ...
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Why would F-35 sales to UAE/Bahrain only be made possible after they established diplomatic ties with Israel?

I heard that the reason for the normalization and establishment of diplomatic ties between Israel and UAE/Bahrain is so that the US could sell exports-controlled military goods to UAE and Bahrain. ...
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Why was the Israeli peace delegation to the UAE flown on an aircraft named after the site of a village from which Palestinians were evicted?

On August 31st, 2020, El Al flight 971 took off from Tel Aviv bound for Abu Dhabi. This picture of the aircraft used for the flight was widely circulated on social media: What struck me as odd is the ...
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Why isn't the concept of diplomatic immunity rejected?

Diplomatic immunity says that diplomats cannot be prosecuted in the country they are visiting as a diplomat for. It can be interpreted as saying that diplomats are above the law in the country they ...
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What has Israel gained with the official diplomatic relations with UAE in the strategic defense area?

I know that politically and diplomatically Israel gained a lot with the UAE's new move toward normalizing the relations. What has Israel gained in the strategic defense area?
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What determines which state is represented by its ambassador in bilateral diplomatic relations?

When sovereign states A and B are conducting some bilateral negotiation, they have a few options: A's ambassador can negotiate with B's government B's ambassador can negotiate with A's government ...
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Can the Israeli prime minister sign diplomatic deals in the interim period before a new government, after the Knesset dissolves?

Anyone who's been keeping up with global diplomatic-strategic news should know about the historic normalization deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The final signing of the deal is ...
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Is the US President prohibited from receiving clothing as a gift? Why or why not?

This article from The Balance, while describing the personal benefits and responsibilities of the office of the presidency, says this about gifts of clothing: Presidents and their spouses cannot ...
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Why has China chosen the Chengdu consulate specifically to be closed down?

Since China's order to close down the Chengdu consulate of the USA is a retaliation of the USA's order of closing down of Houston consulate of China, I have a feeling that there must be a rationale ...
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Does the Chinese Consulate in Houston have to comply with the closure order?

According to Politico: The head of the Chinese Consulate in Houston won’t commit to closing the office — a direct threat of defiance to the State Department’s demand that it be shut down by Friday. ...
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If Vietnam and the USA have normal relations, why doesn't Cuba-USA relationship improve?

If Vietnam and the USA have normal diplomatic and business relations, why doesn't Cuba-USA relationship improve? Why doesn't the USA normalize its diplomatic relations with Cuba?
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Why have so many countries withdrawn recognition of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic?

The international recognition of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, a partially recognized de facto sovereign state located in the western Maghreb, which claims the non-self-governing territory of ...
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Why does China have no diplomatic relations with the Holy See?

Originally, I thought it made perfect sense for China to have no diplomatic relations with a small Catholic nation like the Holy See. However, I looked at a map that showed me that many countries with ...
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Why is French a diplomatic language for the Holy See?

I was reading about the government for the Holy See and found out that French is used as a diplomatic language for the nation. This seems rather odd to me since the nation is closest to Italy (to the ...
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Are there any examples of official Nazi glorification in the Ukraine?

Recently, the Israeli Foreign Ministery deployed protests against Ukraine's glorification of Nazis. Ukrainian officials responded that this is the inner dealings of the Ukraine. An official protest is ...
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Did Qassim Suleimani have any kind of diplomatic status while he was in Iraq?

If so, what would be the direct consequences?
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When are US State Department records declassified?

Suppose I am an ordinary US citizen who wants to read old diplomatic cables from, say, the US Embassy in Japan in the 1930s. Where would I go to access the original sources? What about more recent ...
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Do countries other than the US have politically appointed ambassadors?

I read this question about US ambassadors being appointed without any formal career in the field but because of donations for a campaign. Apparently in the US there are more or less two ways to be ...
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Is it usual for a US president to make specific comments about a UK Prime Minister's suitability during a general election?

According to a BBC ariticle, Trump has made comments like: Jeremy Corbyn would be "so bad" as prime minister Of Boris Johnson: "[He's] the exact right guy for the times" Is it usual for a US ...
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Was there any outcry or diplomatic protest that Turkey bugged the Saudi consulate?

Of course the murder of Khashoggi eclipsed the circumstances how Turkey proved it happened. But were there any protests or concerns expressed at how Turkey treats the foreign missions in its country, ...
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How are letters between governments being transported and delivered?

Recently, it became somewhat common for governments to publish letters, like the two examples given below. I just wonder: How are those letters between governments and/or international organizations ...
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Diplomatic immunity for crimes abroad after returning to home state

There has been a recent incident relating to a person with diplomatic immunity (a US citizen) being involved in a fatal car crash in the UK. My question is born out of reading about this case, but I'm ...
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Could another member of UK Parliament request an extension or even negotiate Brexit? [duplicate]

Apparently John Bercow (House of Commons speaker) has been directly talking with David Sassoli of the EU Parliament John Bercow has sparked outrage after it has emerged the meddling Speaker of the ...
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What has the State Department said about Giuliani's claim that the Department asked him to talk to Ukraine?

Unless he backtracked on this, Giuliani said (on or before Sep 25) that: "I never talked to a Ukrainian official until the State Department called and asked me to do it," Giuliani told Fox ...
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What protections, if any, do local staff at a foreign mission have?

There were reports on Tuesday that an employee of the British Consulate in Hong Kong has gone missing while on a business trip to mainland China. It is believed that he was detained by Chinese ...
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Can a country kick out any diplomat over security concerns?

Julie Eadeh, a US diplomat in Hong Kong, was caught meeting HK protest leaders, which is similar to a Chinese or Russian diplomat getting caught talking to the leaders of BLM or other protest ...
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Is there a standard political process which a government uses to verify claims?

https://thehill.com/homenews/sunday-talk-shows/456092-top-aide-names-seven-deadly-sins-china-must-end-to-stop-trade-war “Stop stealing our intellectual property, stop forcing technology transfers,...
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Could the US President force Britain to recall Ambassador Kim Darroch?

A few days ago, a leak revealed that in cables sent to London, U.K Ambassador to the United States Kim Darroch described Trump's administration as "inept," "insecure" and "incompetent". CNN Today, ...
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Can a state temporarily extend the consulate territory during some special events such as elections?

According to this Reddit discussion and this article (Romanian), during the 2019 EU elections, Munich police helped the voters by "extending" consulate territory: This is in Munchen. The German ...
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What are reasons for a country to apologise long after the fact?

Background In comments under the question about the UK's refusal to apologise for the Amritsar massacre there has been some discussion in the comments about whether there is any point in apologising ...
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What are the alternatives of bluffing as a political tactic?

Let's have two powers in conflict - those could be two persons, two states, two armies, two gangs, whatever. Let's say they are about to meet in a "battle" - that could be a conflict on the workplace, ...
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Sanctions on countries with legal but cruel punishments

I'm not aware of any sanction imposed on countries for legal but barbaric punishments, such as limb amputation in Saudi Arabia, or caning in Malaysia. By "barbaric punishment" I mean what most people ...
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Why are some airlines canceling their flights to Iran after the US sanctions and others do not?

After the recent US sanctions against Iran, some major European airlines (Air France / KLM, British Airways) have stopped their scheduled flights to Iran. However, other major airlines (Lufthansa, ...
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How does Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties go about such cases when one of the two sides stops existing?

How does the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties go about such cases when one of the two sides stops existing? For example, when USSR stopped existing how did the Vienna Convention regulate all ...
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What are the types of cultural diplomacy?

I believe there aren't any types, because cultural diplomacy is a part of public diplomacy but one of my teachers said that sport, for instance, is a type of cultural diplomacy. I can't find any ...
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What would a ''united'' Korea look like for the west…? [closed]

After decades of isolationism from the South, North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, said he wanted to rid the Korean Peninsula of nuclear weapons when he met with a special envoy from South Korea, the ...
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Why did Russia appoint Steven Seagal as a 'special rep.' for US-Russian humanitarian ties?

Why did Russia appoint actor Steven Seagal as an intermediary figure in US-Russo relations? What is this role and what are Seagal's responsibilities? I know that Steven Seagal was recently granted ...
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Has it become more difficult to formally settle international disputes?

From 19th century until soon after WWII, major disputes between the countries would typically see a quick de jure settlement once the hostilities (if any) came to a halt and a certain de facto status ...
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Why world leaders these days still meet each other face to face?

These days, technology is advanced enough to allow secure video calls with 4K quality between any two people around the world. In those virtual conferences, they can discuss anything in total privacy, ...
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Why was Singapore chosen to host the summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un?

What is the reasoning for choosing Singapore to host the North Korea–United States summit? There are many other neutral places as far as I can tell, e.g. Japan. So why Singapore, of all places?
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Letter from North Korea

On June 1, Kim Yong Choi hand delivered a "large" letter from the North Korean president to President Trump. Did the physical letter and envelope actually come from North Korea, or was a file ...
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What type of agreement is the Iran Nuclear Deal considered to be by non-US countries and how does that affect the agreement as a whole?

Following President Donald Trump's announcement today that he would not recertify the Iran Nuclear Agreement (JCPOA) and was withdrawing the US from the deal, I was interested to learn more about what ...
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Is there a difference between Micheal Flynn's actions and John Kerry's actions, with regards to legality?

Michael Flynn was initially investigated for talking with foreign leaders outside of standard diplomatic channels and behind the backs of the then current Obama administration: Flynn asked Russia ...
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How will Trump’s tariffs affect North Korea?

How will Trump’s tariffs affect North Korea? Do tariffs mainly worsen the condition of the North Korean economy?
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The Hard Problem of Diplomacy: Why delegate it to Diplomats at all?

Why would a Head of State want to Delegate any strategic/important Foreign Policy Implementation [Negotiation] to a third party instead of conducting it directly and by himself? And if he doesn't have ...