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Questions tagged [geopolitics]

For questions about the influence of geographic variables on politics. Such variables include climate, topography, demography, and natural resources.

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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 ...
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Do terrorists have political agendas? [closed]

Do terrorists have political or any other type of agendas that they want to achieve, or are they only interested in killing people? For example, recently there was a suicide attack in Pakistan. ...
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Trump's pre-election claims. How many are in progress? [closed]

Trump's pre-election company was bright. There were big pre-election claims: breaking disadvantageous deals wall on Mexican border removing 'Obamacare' moving embassy to Jerusalem new workplaces for ...
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What is the name of the Feminist Zionist Atheist woman who was interviewed on BBC on June 15th 2018? [closed]

Was able to listen to the last moments of an interview on a BBC radio program on June 15th shortly before midnight with a woman who identified herself as a "Jewish atheist" while describing how ...
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Does the US President have the ability to blanket prohibit trade with entire countries?

I'm curious, since some sources seem to think that's what President Trump is threatening right now: Referring to what he called “ridiculous and unfair” tariffs on U.S. imports, Trump said, “It’s ...
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Is the American government threatening Iran with war?

The Washington Institute for Near East Policy is an American think tank who is researching some programs all based on the middle east. This think tank has some former government officers including R....
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As of 2018, why did Putin get involved in Syria? [duplicate]

When Russia first got involved in Syria, a few points came in my mind: To distract the international community from Crimean annexation. To secure a naval base in Syria so that they can get involve in ...
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Why would the US want a peace treaty in the Korean peninsula?

The United States have some projects in South Korea that would be negatively impacted by cooperation with the North: A ballistic missile defence (BMD) system in South Korea. Its defence area allow to ...
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What has been Russia's response to the US strikes on Syria?

Russia warned of consequences for the strikes against Syria, and it seems they have made warnings prior to the strikes. Has there been a response or a mobilization of their military that might ...
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Why can't the U.S. stop drug production in Afghanistan?

Since the U.S. invasion in 2001 opium fields have grown rapidly. Why has the U.S. not done anything about it? In previous times the U.S. rather successfully suppressed traffic in Latin America. But in ...
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How is the dispute of EEZ of nations resolved?

An exclusive economic area/zone covers an area which is around 200 kilometers from country's shoreline but how is the EEZ of a nation resolved when EEZ of two nations are overlapping? For example, if ...
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Will a “debt trap” be an effective measure to increase the geopolitical influence of a nation?

According to this article published in Economic Times, China is trying to deploy "debt trap" as a measure to increase its geopolitical influence over nations surrounding India using the Belt and Road ...
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Why China didn't annex Sikkim to incorporate it as a Chinese state?

It seems really odd that China annexed Tibet but left Sikkim. Sikkim is present on the Chinese borders and was an independent nation until 1975 when it joined India as one of its states. What might ...
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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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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 if North Koreans accidentally shot a South Korean? [closed]

Somebody posted this on Twitter: If during shooting a North Korean defector, a South Korean soldier is accidentally killed (by N. Koreans), would that start a war?
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Is there a reliable English translation of “Foundations of Geopolitics” by Aleksandr Dugin?

This book is apparently fairly influential in Russia: Few books published in Russia during the post-communist period have exerted such an influence on Russian military, police, and foreign policy ...
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How exactly are further sanctions meant to prevent North Korea from continuing their nuclear program?

I understand that sanctions in general work in a variety of ways, such as preventing new technologies from being developed, encouraging unrest among the populace, etc. However, it appears to me that ...
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How does official Russian strategy view Turkey from military standpoint?

How does official Russian strategy view Turkey from military standpoint? I'm looking for views that are officially published, such as position papers, official military/strategic doctrine documents, ...
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Linking of rivers in India [closed]

While some parts of the country is experiencing floods, several other parts are experiencing drought like situation. What are the problems and issues expected if rivers are linked across India apart ...
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Why is there a thin red line showing as a border in Georgia in Google Earth?

Why is there a thin red line showing as a border in Georgia in Google Earth?
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What is Donald Trump's official position on the Syrian civil war?

According to New York Times: President Bashar al-Assad of Syria called President-elect Donald J. Trump “a natural ally” in the struggle against terrorism, Newsweek says: This position—leaving ...
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What makes a country need a “Strong Authoritarian” state?

This Stratfor video on Egypt's Geographic Challenge says that Egypt needs a strong centralized government in order to manage its resources and make best use out of the Nile dependent country. This ...
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Why does Russia hold hard on keeping Chechnya?

Since the dissolution of the USSR in 1991, lot of its republics chose to be independent states and most succeeded without any significant pressure from the then newly established Russia. But one ...
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Statistics on NAFTA and job loss?

Is there any data/statistics to backup some people's claims that NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) has caused job loss in the manufacturing sector?
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What's does the US hope to gain in Syria..? [duplicate]

I know why Russia is there; to support Assad (alley of Russia) but what can the US gain from this? They are arming rebels (as if that ever worked) most likely ISIS in Syria to fight Assad and are also ...
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Why is China opposed to India's membership in Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG)?

China is leading opposition to a push by the United States and other major powers for India to join the main club of countries controlling access to sensitive nuclear technology, diplomats said on ...
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Why and since when did Russia stop integrating itself into the Western community?

After the downfall of the Soviet Union, the Russian Federation was on its way to integrating itself into the Western community politically, economically and socially (by Western World I mean the so-...
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What were the long-term implications for the failure of the Soviet N1 rocket? [closed]

Like it says up there, except that in the following link:What were the long-term implications of the N1 program's failure?, we speak of the technical implications and here in this site, I want the ...
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What are politicians working towards? [closed]

This may be a ridiculously stupid question, but I am curious as to whether there is a consensus on what a politician is supposed to do or is working towards. By this, I'm not looking for a partisan ...
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In the eyes of IS what does a political world map look like? [closed]

What does a political map look like from the Islamic State point-of-view? I post some sub questions just to guide an answer in the right directions. No idea if I'm using the right examples below. Is ...
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How many cities around the world has been successfully applied the ISO 37120 standard?

How many cities around the world has been successfully applied, True social changes, political changes, economic changes and changes in education, Improving Quality of Life and Social Welfare under ...
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domestic vs abroad power usa [closed]

A lot of american right wing voters want the USA to be a strong international player and project power across the globe to protect american interests. But at the same time most of them also want a ...
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Why is the 'Polarity of Power' thesis less relevant and meaningful in the present architecture of 'Balance of Power' [closed]

There used to be a time when concept of World power had a nature to be concentrated in one country or a group of countries, but in current setup collective security is being more prominent in contrast ...
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Is the ideology of middle eastern immigrants incompatible with western civilization? [closed]

With all the mass immigration happening in europe, the recent paris attacks, and videos such as this (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKp6GV69MT4), I've been getting increasingly unsettled. I've heard ...
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President Obama and the Trans-Pacific Partnership [closed]

Can anyone explain why President Obama threw his support behind passage of the TPP?
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Why do governments still assume that “the more land, the better”?

There is constant political struggle for land between two or more nations around the world, where two different countries claiming to own a land area even though another country controls (or "occupy") ...
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Why would an empire always be in search of an enemy (related to Gore Vidal quote)?

I came across this quote in the review of a biography of Gore Vidal that was published in the latest issue of The Economist: Vidal’s sympathy for Timothy McVeigh, responsible for the Oklahoma ...
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Where lies the line of legitimacy between which actions by nations are accepted by world community or actively opposed? [closed]

China annexed Tibet, and it is widely accepted even though people still host Dalai Lama for tea now and then. I was exploring the idea of legitimacy, and of where is the threshold, where people(...
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In which case is separatism considered legitimate?

What historical background usually gives a nation/minority within another country legal grounds for separatism in the eyes of international community?
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US relationship with Saudi Arabia

How does the US justify its relationship with Saudi Arabia when half its population are in essence property i.e. slaves (women). Besides the oil, and if that is all how do we in the US reconcile our ...
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Can a country take over another?

Could a country legally take control over another country? If one country is falling economically and politically, what will happen if one nation takes control and merges the two nations together? Are ...
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Countries with loose regulations [closed]

I'm writing a story about a villain (as some would call him) or antihero (as he would prefer to be called), somewhat similar to Adrian Veidt, who needs to buy a few hundred acres of land to set up ...