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Questions tagged [foreign-policy]

A country's foreign policy, consists of self-interest strategies chosen by the state to safeguard its national interests and to achieve goals within its international relations milieu.

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Who are the 'establishment' in US Politics and what is their agenda?

It is often claimed that US foreign policy is essentially guided and handled by the 'establishment' or an 'elite'. It is implied that these individuals are extremely influential and often unelected. ...
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What role does oil play in the foreign policy of Iran? [on hold]

Oil obviously plays a major role in the foreign policy decisions of the Gulf states such as Saudi Arabia. The kingdoms have had long-standing alliances Alliances with the West for instance. Oil also ...
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Is Trump an isolationist?

Concerning foreign policy is President Trump an isolationist? If he is, to what extent? His anti-globalist 'America First' rhetoric and his anti-alliance talk would indicate he is an isolationist yet ...
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What options does the US have in response to the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi?

The explanation by the Saudi's have been ever changing. First it was a flat denial of his death, now they've acknowledged it once video evidence was presented the the Turkish media. Saudi Arabia ...
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US State Department and Department of Defense

In the TV series Madam Secretary, there seems to be this folklore about the state department and the department of defense conflicting somehow. How do the departments conflict, and where can I find a ...
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What are the primary tenets of the liberal international order and what distinguishes that concept from the new world order?

In an article entitled President Donald Trump and the New International Order by Edwin J. Feulner, the founder and former president of The Heritage Foundation, the author states First, my ...
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US sanctions and foreign companies after the Iran deal

How does the United States government sanction foreign companies for doing business with Iran after President Donald Trump imposed sanctions? I.e. if my company (not in the US) does business with ...
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How does one official know that a foreign country representative is the proper person to discuss some matters?

The Romanian Prime Minister’s visit to Israel triggered a serious political crisis in Romanian political life: Romania's president has slammed the country's prime minister for embarking on a ...
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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 ...
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Why has Israel not expelled Russian diplomats in response to the Skripal poisoning?

The US and more than 20 other countries have expelled Russian diplomats in response to the poisoning of the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal. As of this writing, Israel has not expelled any Russian ...
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Why are Justin Trudeau and Benjamin Netanyahu meeting with Bollywood actors?

Recently, Justin Trudeau and Benjamin Netanyahu met with Bollywood actors during their respective visits to India. Given that these meetings won't persuade Bollywood to make movies in Israel or ...
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Does Democratic Federation of Northern Syria have any official foreign relations?

The Democratic Federation of Northern Syria is described in Wikipedia as being a "de facto autonomous region in northern Syria," gaining its autonomy from the Syrian government as part of the current ...
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What is the logic in cutting only 50% of the aid to the Palestinians by the US

Why does the United States not hold back 100% of the aid it provides to Palestine? Does the aid money benefit some American companies? Also, by holding back 50%, the damage to the relationship has ...
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What qualified Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles for his initial post? [closed]

I haven't had the chance to read his biography and so anyone who has or knows the answer please help me understand. How does a classics graduate from Oxford reasonably reach the diplomatic rank of ...
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Why do Mauritius passport holders have such easy visa access to so many countries?

As per Wikipedia: As of 1 January 2017, Mauritian citizens had visa-free or visa on arrival access to 131 countries and territories, ranking the Mauritian passport 33rd in terms of travel freedom ...
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Does moving the US embassy to Jerusalem make a three-state solution more likely?

Back in 2014, the top answer to the following question suggested that a "three-state solution" where Egypt annexes the Gaza Strip and Jordan the West Bank is not viable. Does it make sense for Jordan ...
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What would it take to shut down NK’s internet? [closed]

According to the South Korean govt, North Korea makes quite a bit of money of crypto mining and hacking. If we could shut off there internet, we could make this income a lot harder to get and access, ...
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What UK online newspaper portal to watch / follow? [closed]

I'm a person with social liberal views and I recently moved from Hungary to the United Kingdom. In hungarian I usually read Index.hu and 444.hu, and sometimes hvg.hu and other left, liberal voices. ...
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How is there room for further sanctions against North Korea?

As United States continues to augment sanctions against North Korea, is there a point where all avenues are theoretically exhausted for further sanctioning? It always surprises me when a US President ...
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What happens when you antitrust a multinational corporation? [closed]

What happens when you want to break up a toxic corporate trust when said trust is multinational in nature? I get the idea when it comes to companies that are firmly within one nations system. But ...
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Is Fascism ideologically descended from communism?

Georges Sorel was a Marxist, who later developed Sorelianism, which later became Fascism. To quote Benito Mussolini himself: I owe most to Georges Sorel. This master of syndicalism by his rough ...
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Why haven't the embargos against Cuba and Venezuela worked?

Cuba is under a US-sanction from 1958. Why hasn't this sanction been able to do much damage to Cuba's communist regime? What about Venezuela?
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Why does the US engage with North Korea

How does having any type of relationship with the North Korean government advance the interests of the United States government?
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Is signing the NPT mandatory to join the NSG?

One of the objections raised by China in preventing India join the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) is that India has not yet signed the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), nor is it willing to. India has ...
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Why did Russia allow a much larger number of US diplomats based in Russia?

Russian president now demands the departure of more than 700 diplomats of the US from Russia so that the numbers in both countries are equal. It is very apparent a revenge of something. But why did ...
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Can US congress nullify or hinder “Major Non-Nato Ally” status of another country?

It is my understanding that US President can designate any nation a Major non-Nato ally after thirty days of notifying the Congress and is not bound to seek Congress' approval for this act as per ...
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How has Pakistan managed to defeat the US in Afghanistan?

It is very clear that the US is finding it extremely difficult to strike a win in Afghanistan and could even said to be losing, seemingly in part due to the rigid and intricate network of the Haqqanis ...
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Is a cyber attack a violation of sovereignty?

Following debate on this answer about what constitutes a violation of sovereignty. I'm asking this as an independent question. Under current international law, does a cyber attack constitute as a ...
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Why is North Korea criticized for having Nuclear Weapons?

There is a lot of media hype that criticizes North Korea for (having?) developing Nuclear Weapons and the international community has roundly condemned them, but why shouldn't they have them? Surely ...
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Under what conditions would North Korea be likely to negotiate a nuclear deal?

I've been reading more and more reports indicating that North Korea would be willing to open talks with the U.S., something Trump has expressed a willingness to do as well. South Korean President ...
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Ability of the President of the United States to contact other nations in secret

What are the limits on the ability of the President of the United States to secretly contact powerful representatives of other nations (for example, another nation's head of state, or that nation's ...
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Who and on what basis determines how much US pays for UN?

US pays 22% of UN's total budget and 28.5% of peacekeeping budget. Who; and on what basis, determines those figures? I'd prefer precise rules if they exist, over general principles like "US has ...
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Why does Trump want to increase military spending?

From what I understand, Trump is an isolationist / non-interventionist, at least more so than previous presidents. On the other hand, Trump wants to massively increase military spending: [Trump] ...
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Are there Trump administration officials who are demonstrably more antagonistic to Russia?

The common perception is that Trump administration is less antagonistic to Russia than, say, Republican congressional leadership, or the latter-day Obama administration (we won't digress into the "...
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How many bombs were dropped by the US military during Obama's entire presidency?

It was recently stated that Obama dropped a total 26 171 bombs in the year 2016 which makes me wonder: How many bombs were dropped by the US military during Obama's entire presidency? I could not ...
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Why was the Burj Khalifa lit up in the colors of the Indian Flag on India Republic Day

I want to know the political reason why was it done so? Indians, especially the government in power, follow Hindu ideology. Why would a Muslim country do that? Does it have anything to do with the ...
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Since they have large autonomy, are U.S. states responsible for international policy and relations in any way?

I never see States' representatives at international meetings or in any diplomatic relations. Are they responsible in any way for foreign policy?
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Why would Palestinians be offended if the US deliberations to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem proceed?

During his campaign Trump vowed for this move to take place. "We are at the very beginning stages of even discussing this subject," White House spokesman Sean Spicer said in a statement. The ...
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Silence about Syria deafening [closed]

With reports claiming that nearly half a million Syrians have been slaughtered since the beginning of the war. Why did the West including the US not get involved and intervene in the largest massacre ...
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What did Kerry mean with “Israel can either be Jewish or democratic – it cannot be both”?

What did the Secretary of State mean by this dichotomous ultimatum? Israel can either be Jewish or democratic – it cannot be both. Why should it be incompatible? If England, Denmark and Greece ...
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Do empirical indices exist to evaluate and contrast Foreign Policy programs of heads of state?

Empirical indices exist to measure happiness (and misery), economic freedom, wealth inequality, and a host of other outcomes of public policy. Are there any in existence that seek to measure the ...
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Why didn't anyone talk about 'supporting the democratically elected government' in Syrian uprising as they did in the coup in Turkey and save lives?

During the early stages of the attempted coup in Turkey, the United States came out in support of the "democratically elected government" Putting aside any judgements on if this was the best thing to ...
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Is there any country without any embassies?

There must be some countries in the world which believe there are no benefits of having an embassy abroad. Are there? Edit: If not, is there a list of countries by number of embassies?
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Is there any evidence that different length terms-of-office would be more effective for a President w.r.t. global policy?

The establishment of a 4 year term has been long established as the de facto precedent for term limits for a state/global influencer. It's cultural, and (perhaps a globally) integrated mindset. That ...
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Are there any countries which daesh does not consider a target?

Terrorism and sexual assault cast shadow over Japanese travelers by the Japan Times mentions that Japan is regarded as a target by daesh: In the same issue, Isao Itabashi, a specialist in terrorism ...
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What is the Trump's Foreign Policy position regarding professional immigrants from Latin America?

Disclaimer: My question is not regarding the actual facts, since they don't happen yet. My question is regarding Trump's rethorics regarding immigration. My step-bro is moving to USA with his wife ...
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Are 00 agents really a thing?

Politically, are there actually equivalents to 00 agents, as per James Bond? That is, not just people who work for an intelligence agency, but people who are sent on missions behind enemy lines with ...
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How do democracies make sure products from foreign nations will meet the national security/health/environmental protection standards?

A democratic state (e.g. the USA) trades of course products from foreign nations (e.g. China). Furthermore those democratic states have of course security/health/environment protection standards, ...
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What is the European Union's policy on migration?

In the past few years, the number of people entering Europe illegally has increased significantly. Does the EU have a common policy on migration? Or does each country do as it wishes? Has the EU ...
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What's the difference between a peace treaty and a non-aggression pact?

The questions says it all. What's the difference between a peace treaty and a non-aggression pact?