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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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Why does the US keep announcing what they think Russia is going to do in Ukraine?

There must be some motive here that I can't understand. For one I can easily think of reasons why the US wouldn't want to make public the things that they know, if not for any other reason than to ...
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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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Which countries (if any) does China characterize as its allies?

When discussing foreign policy, at least in English, many political leaders will mention the importance of working with their country's allies. A case in point would be the US and recent statements ...
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Why is it ethical for Ambassador Sondland to have been given an ambassadorship for campaign contributions?

Ambassador Sondland donated 1 million dollars to Trumps inauguration, and then was appointed to a high profile ambassadorship. He never worked in the government previously, has no credentials, no ...
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Why does the US treat the problems of Russia and Ukraine as its own?

In this question, I do not raise questions about the conflicts themselves. The question is different - how is the fact that the United States recognizes these problems as its own justified from a ...
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Why do some lecturers consider Israel to be an "apartheid" country?

The Israeli Apartheid Week lecture series is hosted annually in several universities and institutions in the U.S., and all over the world. The lecturers classify Israel as an "apartheid" ...
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What is the difference between a treaty and an executive agreement in American Foreign Policy?

So a treaty requires the consent of the United States Senate to come into effect while an executive agreement does not. However, beyond that, what are the differences between the two? Are there ...
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Guardrails against the German president from "going rogue"; violating norms and guidelines and unilaterally making/blocking foreign policy decisions?

I first saw the following line in Politico's April 13, 2022 Zelenskyy’s Steinmeier snub triggers backlash in Germany referring to German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Chancellor Olaf Scholz: ...
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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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Which countries (if any) does Russia characterize as its allies?

When discussing foreign policy, at least in English, many political leaders will mention the importance of working with their country's allies. A case in point would be the US and recent statements ...
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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 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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Are there prior examples when a US president was strongly at odds with the grassroots of his party over a foreign policy issue?

Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, Nov 15: More than two-thirds of Americans support a ceasefire in Israel’s war on Gaza, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll whose results were released on ...
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Why did Switzerland de facto abandon their neutrality?

Switzerland has imposed sanctions on Russia due to the conflict in Ukraine "Swiss set to match EU sanctions if China invades Taiwan — agency chief" These cases look like Switzerland de ...
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Why is nobody worried about Pakistan's nuclear program?

I'm asking about what seems to me to be a double standard in the level of concern, in the media and among world leaders, regarding the nuclear capability of two states in the Greater Middle East. The ...
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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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What would it take for the U.S. to ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child?

Together with Somalia and South Sudan, the U.S. has not ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child. I think the reasons for Somalia and South Sudan are quite clear — Somalia has not had a ...
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Did Taiwan support "Hong Kongers" trying to resettle as its president said?

This answer to What did Taiwan's president Tsai Ing-wen actually say that it would do for "Hong Kongers"? says (paraphrased): (Taiwan) means to help new settlements of Hong Kong people... ...
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How much aid does Palestine receive from the US?

How much aid does Palestine receive every year from the US? I'm looking for unbiased sources, because a pro-Israel source will likely overstate it and a pro-Palestine source will likely understate it.
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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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What is Jake Sullivan's policy on arming and supplying Taiwan?

I'd like to know what the current US National Security Advisor (Jake Sullivan)'s position on arming and supplying Taiwan is. The Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs (APNSA), ...
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Is it true that Netanyahu did not make any (negative) statements about the Russian invasion of Ukraine?

Russian FM Lavrov said in an interview that he was shocked that former Israeli PM Lapid criticized Russia about their attempts to demilitarize Ukraine (and subsequent "annexation"), when ...
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Is the Trump-Zelensky phone call expected to erode support for Trump among his (hardcore) supporters? [closed]

Clearly one can give various high-minded reasons why what Trump did in relation to Ukraine/Zelensky is unforgivable, under the worst interpretation, i.e. assuming Trump pressured Zelensky by ...
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What is Jake Sullivan's position on defending Taiwan?

I'd like to know what National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan's position is regarding deploying troops to Taiwan in the event of a Chinese attack/invasion. I've asked the related but different ...
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Why was Saudi Arabia not granted the status of "major non-NATO ally" of the US?

The present list of "major non-NATO ally" (MNNA) of the US: Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Brazil, Colombia, Egypt, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, New Zealand, Pakistan, ...
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