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Which countries have the same international importance, influence and power as Sweden? [closed]

Sweden is not a superpower at all and it's not a country with a high level of influence (such as Russia or China). However, it has a relatively large GDP for its population and it's known that Sweden ...
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What benefits would the G7 get by creating their own programme in response to the Belt and Road initiative?

What benefits would the G7 get by creating their own programme in response to the Belt and Road initiative? The G7 recently announced its own programme in response to China, but isn't it too costly ...
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Why didn't Japan call for the ICJ to settle the dispute over the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands?

Why didn't Japan call for the ICJ to settle the dispute over the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands? I am asking this question, because Japan took it's ongoing dispute with South Korea over the Dokdo islands to ...
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Why did Syria allow the Russians to set a naval base in their country?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_naval_facility_in_Tartus Why did Syria allow the Russians to set a naval base in their country knowing full well that this would make them a prime target for the ...
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What is the United States' true 'real politik' position on the recent Armenian-Azerbaijan conflict?

The re-emergence of hostilities in 2020 between Armenia and Azerbaijan reportedly resulted in thousands of casualties for both sides; while I do not want to comment on the orgins of the conflict and ...
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Doesn't NATO have something to say about conflicts with non-NATO allies?

I was just reading this article detailing how Turkey purchased tanks from Germany to fight the Kurds, who had been armed by the British and the US. So a NATO member bought weapons from another NATO ...
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Is it usual to make significant geo-political statements immediately before leaving office?

Yesterday, less than 24 hours before leaving office Mike Pompeo declared that China was commiting genocide against its Uighur population. The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, has declared that ...
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Why did Saudi-Arabia not launch its own nuclear program in response to Iran’s? [duplicate]

Saudi and Iran have long fought each other through proxy wars throughout the Middle East. However when Iran started its nuclear program, how come Saudi didn’t do it in response?
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Do we have a political term for the situation when a weak country milks from two stronger countries which are enemies of each other?

Do we have a political term for the situation when a weak country milks from two country which are enemies of each other? My research includes, studying about debt-trap, and other questions here. So I ...
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Has the 1-party rule of PRC helped them to keep the most historical China in one piece? [closed]

My argument is if PRC were a democracy, foreign interference would have been much bigger (even bigger than in HK). Therefore, the PRC would have been disintegrated quickly. I have a feeling that the 1-...
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Which, if any, EU28 countries have expressed opposition to the creation of a European Security Council?

There has been some talk about setting up a European Security Council to make collective foreign policy decision more swiftly. For example, an article on the German Institute for International and ...
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Did any country indicate support for Armenia in the ongoing conflict with Azerbaijan? Do they have any potential allies?

It seems that Turkey, Pakistan and Ukraine have indicated support for Azerbaijan (actually, Pakistan even does not recognize Armenia). Israel also seems to be inclined in favor of Azerbaijan due to ...
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Is it true that the US has stepped into foreign conflicts mostly under Democratic presidents? [closed]

I recently read about a strange trend: Since the start of the 20th century, the United States has stepped in or started conflicts involving the direct use of military force mainly under presidents ...
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Could the CCP have disclosed the COVID-19 pandemic much earlier as the U.S. claims? [closed]

Could the CCP have disclosed the COVID-19 pandemic much earlier as the U.S. claims? What are the standards in terms of pandemic reporting and did the Chinese Communist Party meet those standards? What ...
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How can we objectively measure the perception of truthfulness of different governments?

Is there a way to objectively measure or compare how much people believe different governments? For example, people have accused China of a propaganda campaign to cover up the origins of COVID-19. ...
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At what point is emitting economic sanctions against a country an act of war?

At what point is emitting economic sanctions against a country an act of war? People mention that the U.S. blockading Japan during WW2 was an act of war, but if the U.S. and Western nations stopped ...
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Does US foreign policy also try to use media outlets as "soft power" in the Eastern Europe?

AT&T has just sold the broadcaster Central European Media Enterprises to the Czech Republic’s wealthiest man, Petr Kellner. CME also include several TV stations in Romania, the most prominent ...
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Is the US securing oil fields illegal under the International Law?

Recently, Trump claims something about controlling and securing oil fields in the north-east Syria. Is it illegal by the International Law? I don't remember UN resolution about allowing such an ...
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Does the M4 highway in Syria reside entirely in the initially announced Turkish "safe zone"?

According to CNN, Turkey and its proxies having cut off the M4 highway, which runs roughly in the east-west direction along the northern border (but in the Kobane-Aynisa sector it's more like ...
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Why does the U.S. keep pushing "the debt trap" narrative in Africa when China is not the major source of debt distress in Africa?

https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5652847de4b033f56d2bdc29/t/5c467754898583fc9a99131f/1548121941093/Briefing+Paper+1+-+August+2018+-+Final.pdf We find that Chinese loans are not currently a ...
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Why has the US not ratified the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty?

There is a known treaty about full banning nuclear tests, from 1996. Many states have signed it, but not all ratified. I can understand, why, for example, DPRK haven't signed it - it is critical for ...
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Why won't the U.S. government end all fuel subsidies?

https://www.nrdc.org/experts/danielle-droitsch/time-us-end-fossil-fuel-subsidies A new study, the G7 Fossil Fuel Subsidy Scorecard, measured the US against other G7 countries on each country’s ...
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Why is China the only country that build infrastructure for natural resources rights?

Why is China the only country that build infrastructure for natural resources rights? https://ecommons.cornell.edu/bitstream/handle/1813/30639/dpz6.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y It proposes R4I ...
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What if any are the impacts of negative interest rates on the life of an average citizen in a first world country?

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/09/04/alan-greenspan-says-its-only-a-matter-of-time-before-negative-rates-spread-to-the-us.html This is of course both a political and a financial question. But I am really ...
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Which countries form the G8 and why?

I know which countries form the G8 Summit The article reads G8 as the main economic council of wealthy nations Why is it that China and Arab nations are not part of these nations? Is it just ...
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Did the USA violate the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty?

America and Russia recently abandoned the INF treaty, with both sides blaming each other. Since then I've heard that the US has tested short-range missiles. I read headlines and thought: It's ok, as ...
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Can Twitter actions be treated as a political censorship? [closed]

As I heard some time ago, Twitter blocked about 200k accounts of HongKong protests unsupporters (source: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-hongkong-protests-twitter/twitter-facebook-accuse-china-of-...
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What has been the result (so far) of the new US sanctions on Iran?

About 14 months ago, President Trump reimposed sanctions on Iran. As I remember, one of goals of the sanctions was to reduce Iran's influence in the Middle East by reducing its financial resources. ...
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Is the success of Chinese economic model in Africa a threat to Western interests?

Rwanda's economic development has been fantastic in the last couple of years allowing Rwanda to become a model of development success. Is this success a good thing considering that its model of ...
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Why does the US seem to have a rather low economic interest in Africa?

This question shows us the increasing economic interest of China in the African continent. Indeed this document confirms that China's trade in goods with African countries is half of the EU's: ...
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Is there a strong legal guarantee that the U.S. can give to another country that it won't attack them?

Is there a strong legal guarantee that the U.S. can give to another country that it won't attack them? I think because U.S. policy tends to drastically change every time the administration changes, ...
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What is the reason for extreme antisemitism among Muslims? [closed]

The current Iranian regime, and many other middle eastern Muslim regimes regularly call for the destruction of Israel and slaughter of all the Jews, from CNN: A new document by Iran's supreme ...
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Why won't the U.S. sign a peace treaty with North Korea?

Why won't the U.S. sign a peace treaty with North Korea? Is there a reason why it wasn't done sometimes after the cease fire? What was the purpose of not signing a peace treaty with North Korea if the ...
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Why is China trying to develop Africa?

Kishore Mahbubani, a scholar on government policy, claimed (YouTube link) that China is trying to develop Africa more than any other country. What benefits would China gain by developing Africa ...
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Why is Japan trying to have a better relationship with Iran?

Why is Japan trying to have a better relationship with Iran? Shinzo Abe has become the first Japanese leader to visit Iran in 40 Years. Is it worth it for Japan to risk alienating the U.S., which is a ...
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India and China's trade future with Iran

Please give specific answers rather than trivial ones. As Donald Trump has warned to impose sanctions on all countries trading petroleum resources with Iran, what is the present trade scenario of ...
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Why did Italy decide to join the Belt and Road Initiative when other European countries were initially against it?

Why did Italy decide to join the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) when other European countries were initially against it? Was there an official reason given by the Italian government? What does Italy ...
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Why is the U.S. wary of the Belt and Road initiative?

Why is the U.S. wary of the Belt and Road initiative? As you may know, the U.S. has been trying to convince its allies in Europe and in other countries to be wary of the BRI project insinuating that ...
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How will Russia benefit geopolitically from the current chilling of the relation between the EU and the U.S.?

How will Russia benefit from the current chilling of the relation between the EU and the U.S.? As you know, the Trump administration is attacking the EU on trade and is also putting pressure on the EU ...
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Is there a modern-day political definition of first / second / third worlds which resembles the original most similarly?

The original definition of first / second / third worlds were NATO / Communist / neither. However, as the Soviet Union disintegrated this definition has become outdated. Nonetheless, there is still ...
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Why has the US not been more assertive in confronting Russia in recent years?

Over the past few years, Russia seems to have been slipping back towards an authoritarian system of government, with Putin seemingly cementing his control of the country more and more. Along with this,...
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U.S. and Turkey geopolitical relationship

Are the U.S. and Turkey allies?
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Why is Oman interested in diplomatic relationship with Israel and vice versa?

Netanyahu visited Oman on the invitation of Sultan Qaboos bin Syed. Looks like Oman would be the 1st country in GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) to establish diplomatic relations with Israel. What ...
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Yemen - why isn't the West distancing itself from the blockade?

This question really isn't about the airstrikes and civilian casualties. Nor it is about the arms sales to Saudi Arabia. These are real concerns, but similar to those found in many other conflicts. ...
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Why would US NOT sanction Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi's possible killing?

We have a question about motivating western countries to start sanctions against Saudi Arabia. It is rather simple question - murdering and torture in embassy are hard things to explain And what is ...
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To what extent did Dilma Rousseff's impeachment increase Jair Bolsonaro's chances to be president?

On October 2014, Dilma Rousseff got reelected as president of Brazil (wiki article on it). One year later, an impeachment against her started and by August 2016 she was removed from office. All the ...
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Why is Iran determined by U.S. as the biggest state sponsor of terror in the world today?

This is the official stance of the Trump administration. Was it also the position of the Obama administration and Bush administration? What is this based on? I know that America considers Hezbollah ...
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What is the evidence for the Russian interference in the US 2016 election? What are the known facts? [closed]

Anyone have a breakdown on what we actually know for sure? There's a lot of speculation out there, but what are the known FACTS?
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Gilgit-Baltistan is disputed territory, then how is it that Pakistan administers that area? [closed]

According the the Instrument of Accession (Jammu and Kashmir) signed by the ruler of the princely state of Jammu and Kashmir, Maharaja Hari Singh, the entire state of Jammu and Kashmir is a part of ...
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Are there benefits to war? [closed]

There are obvious costs to war: loss of human life, destruction of property, disruption of people's lives, and much more. However, despite these costs wars continue to happen. I'm wondering what ...