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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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What does the US have to gain by other countries not being socialist or communist?

With the current situation in Venezuela, it seems like the US is once again weighing in against a leader that is textbook socialist or communist that is also a dictator. I understand the hardships ...
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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 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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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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How would one country purchase another?

Recently, the Trump administration expressed interest in purchasing Greenland. How exactly would this work? I would assume voters in both countries would be on board? Who would the payment go to if ...
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Why do people consider Israel to be an “apartheid” country?

The so-called "Israeli Apartheid Week" has been gaining much momentum recently. This "week" is hosted annually in numerous universities and other institutions here in the U.S., and also all over the ...
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Why is the U.S. foreign ministry called the “State Department”?

What is the reasoning behind the somewhat odd and awkward naming of the U.S. Foreign Ministry as "State Department"? I get the department being the American equivalent of ministry but in what way ...
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Electoral considerations aside, what are potential benefits, for the US, of policy changes proposed by the tweet recognizing Golan annexation?

I know we've come to expect unusual behavior from the present POTUS, but I really fail to understand the benefit for the US of recognizing Israel as owning the Golan Heights. For one thing, it ...
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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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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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How do American politicians refer to Palestine?

I saw an interesting question over at the film & TV site: Why do [the fictional American politicians in the US version of House of Cards] refer to Palestine as a country? In the "Jordan ...
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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 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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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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Can the US President recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights for the USA or does that need an act of Congress?

President Trump has tweeted that the USA should "fully recognize Israel’s Sovereignty over the Golan Heights" - directly contradicting United Nations Security Council Resolution 497 from 1981. Can ...
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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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What effect would leaving the UN have on a country?

If a major MEDC (More Economically Developed Country) was to leave the UN: What effect would this have with other countries in regards to foreign relations? Would there be less trade with this ...
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Why did Bush enact a completely different foreign policy to that which he espoused during the 2000 Presidential election campaign?

I was watching a campaign video from 2000, in it Bush clearly thinks the USA's position as the 'world police' or that their foreign intervention strategy, especially ones that instill virtues on other ...
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Why these countries have no diplomatic relations with Chile?

I am now an exchange student in Chile. I was reading this list about visa requirements to get into Chile and something made me quite amused: Out of the countries that are listed, more than 10 of them ...
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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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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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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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Has a nation ever responded to a cyber attack (from a UN member state) by escalating to physical force?

A recent Washington Post headline reads in part "Israel responded to a Hamas cyberattack with an airstrike. ..." I'm looking for the first such historical instance of a physical response (an ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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US Foreign Aid Accountability

When the United States gives money to foreign countries for some stated purpose, who checks to see that the money we give them actually goes to where it was intended? Also does this supposed audit of ...
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Do individual countries control transit zone law?

I have a question about transit zones and their laws. Do individual countries control transit zone law? Or are they covered by international law, since they are international zones?
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What sort of assistance has Russia provided to back up Venezuelan leaders during previous periods of instability?

A report has come out today that Russia has sent military contractors to help the security of Maduro's regime amidst the current rancor. (source) Is this in line with assistance it has provided during ...
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When allies have leaders of the same ideological orientation in power at the same time - does it improve their foreign relations?

When allied countries, let's say amongst the Five Eyes for brevity, have compatible political parties in power at the same time - does it improve concrete foreign policy and trade objectives? For ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 there any functional difference between “Middle East” and “Near East”?

Commonly in foreign policy debates, the countries in and around Israel are referred to as the "Middle East". I heard an expert on the topic speak as a representative of a think tank that used the term ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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UN policy towards the Education in funded countries?

I came to know that Pakistan presents the history to their students differently than India, leading to a misguidance about the countries rivalry. I don't know whether it's true or not. But **suppose ...