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What would a tactical nuke strike actually look like? [closed]

When the conversations about a possible tactical nuke strike by Russia on Ukraine go, I usually see the headline threats by Putin or some other top officials. The rest is basically "this would ...
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Why does Egypt want Israel to withdraw from the Gazan side of the Rafah crossing?

Delegations from the United States and Israel end a meeting in Cairo aimed at discussing the reopening of the Rafah Crossing between Gaza and Egypt, according to Egypt’s al Qahera News TV. The network,...
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Does Chad have any geostrategic value for the United States?

ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — The U.S. military plans to return to Chad within a month for talks about revising an agreement that allows it to keep troops based there, an American general said Wednesday. The U....
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Is there an official source for the list of province-level divisions along with their capital acording to the People's Republic of China's government? [closed]

I have found this this article on Chinese Wikipedia that shows a table with the columns 省会 (provincial capital) and 省份 (province) (see screenshot below). The table above contains the information that ...
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Why doesn't Israel withdraw from the territories occupied during the Six-Day War of 1967?

United Nations Security Council Resolution 242 asks for "withdrawal of Israeli armed forces from territories occupied in the recent conflict" (meaning the 1967 war). Many international ...
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As of 2024, how can Russia escalate the war in Ukraine?

According to this answer for the question Why do Western countries not send more powerful weapons to Ukraine?, Western countries are reluctant also out of fear of conflict escalation: It is not in ...
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Has Cloudflare started filtering Russian traffic due to sanctions? [closed]

Today is 29 of march 2024. Some sites using Cloudflare as a security or DNS service became blocked. Can there be political reasons for this blocking? How do I find out the legal grounds for this or ...
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What makes Arunachal Pradesh a geopolitical region and geostrategically important for China?

India has dismissed China’s objections to a recent visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh, which Beijing claims is its territory. The spat is the latest ...
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Why are so few countries willing to recognize Abkhazia and South Ossetia as independent states?

However, the role nationalism might have played in the Russia–Georgia War of August 2008 has been largely ignored. One of the most influential authors on the conflict, Ronald Asmus, did argue that ‘‘...
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How geostrategically important is the Maldives to China?

India has said its military personnel were stationed in the Maldives to maintain and operate two rescue and reconnaissance helicopters and a small aircraft it had donated years ago. Removing Indian ...
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What makes the Golan Heights a geopolitical region and strategically important for Israel?

As a geopolitical region, it refers to the border region captured from Syria by Israel during the Six-Day War of 1967; the territory has been occupied by the latter since then and was subject to a de ...
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Why does the Roman Curia need such an extensive diplomatic network?

The Roman Curia now enjoys formal diplomatic relations with 184 sovereign states and even a seat as permanent observer at the United Nations. Why exactly does the Roman Curia need this extensive ...
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Why does resentment toward former colonizers such as France still linger in Africa?

Others point to what they see as hypocrisy in Western condemnations of Russia; Western countries also deploy PMCs across the continent, which has led the AU to call for the “complete exclusion of ...
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Is there any agreement that allows China to use Russian naval bases for its military cooperation?

Over the past decade, China and Russia have transformed Europe’s maritime security seascape through their military basing access and port investments across maritime Europe — from the Baltic and Black ...
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To what extent are Russia and China cooperating instead of competing in Central Asia to increase their influence in the region?

Thanks to an influx of investment and a sharp surge in transit volumes, additional funds have begun to flow into the budgets of the Central Asian countries. This has led not only to economic growth, ...
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Does Hungary have anything to gain from defending Israel's actions in Gaza?

But despite Berlin joining the likes of France, Spain, Ireland and Belgium, which have strongly pushed for measures against violent Israeli extremist settlers in the West Bank, the EU is stuck. The ...
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What deals did Pakistan broker for the Taliban-led Afghanistan as a mediator?

The relationship with the Taliban-led government in Afghanistan is crucial. Pakistan’s role as a mediator and its policies towards the Afghan Taliban will affect peace and stability in the region. A ...
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Is the requirement of being aligned with the EU's foreign policy in order to join it written into law?

The threat Russia poses in the Western Balkans should not be exaggerated. Virulent nationalist rhetoric aside, Serbia is not beholden to the Kremlin but rather is hedging its bets, as it has done for ...
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Why does Paraguay maintain a relationship with Taiwan if they can't compete against China in terms of checkbook diplomacy? [duplicate]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foreign_relations_of_Taiwan Why does Paraguay maintain a relationship with Taiwan if they can't compete against China in terms of checkbook diplomacy? https://en....
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Is there any other country that used grey-zone warfare in the 21st century?

China's Taiwan Affairs Office said the government had goodwill toward Taiwan's people but will never tolerate Taiwan's disregard for the safety of Chinese fishermen. "The mainland reserves the ...
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What does China have to gain from joining the Arctic Council as an observer state?

In 2011, the Council clarified its criteria for admission of observers, most notably including a requirement of applicants to "recognize Arctic States' sovereignty, sovereign rights and ...
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What are the benefits Russia may gain from a strong relationship with Mongolia?

Following the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War, Mongolia's trade with Russia declined by 80% and China's relations and influence over Mongolia increased.[7] However, Russia ...
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Why was Russia against NATO enlargement?

Then lastly on Sweden. First of all, it is historic that now Finland is member of the Alliance. And we have to remember the background. The background was that President Putin declared in the autumn ...
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What does China have to gain from having a neutral stance concerning the ownership of the Kuril islands?

People's Republic of China once supported the Soviet Union's claim over the islands in the 1950s, however, after the Sino-Soviet split in the 1960s, China then turned to support Japanese sovereignty ...
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Did France issue an official statement on why it supplied arms to Armenia?

Azerbaijan has accused France of sowing the seeds of a new war by supplying arms to Armenia, which is also being courted by the United States. Pashinyan last month discussed cooperation with Javier ...
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Why is Azerbaijan suddenly allied with Russia?

The United States wants to continue holding some capability in the area to threaten to penetrate the North Caucacus, which would be a dangerous and unlikely maneuver. The Russians are not dismissing ...
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How does the inclusion of Finland in NATO make it difficult for Russia to use Kaliningrad to dominate the Baltics?

The threat from Kaliningrad has receded with Russia mired in Ukraine and NATO welcoming Finland, and likely Sweden, into its ranks, experts say. Russia’s goal of turning Kaliningrad into a launching ...
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Did Russia express any comment showing disapproval of Serbia potential entry into the EU?

Serbia applied to join the European Union (EU) in 2009 and has been a candidate for membership since 2012, along with nine other states. Serbia is the largest country in Southeast Europe seeking entry ...
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Why does the US still maintain so many military facilities in Western Europe?

The US maintains a lot of military facilities in countries like Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, etc. This doesn't make economic sense. The US military expenditure is on trajectory to reach a ...
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How critical will be Samarium Cobalt Magnets to the US war effort in case of a war in Taiwan strait with China? [closed]

I am working on a case study as part of my MPhil research project in regards to which I want to know the importance of Samarium Cobalt (SmCo) magnets to the US military in case of a large scale war. ...
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Countries where in some parts of the territory they have a single official language different than the one spoken in the rest of the country?

Apart from Finland, Canada, India, South Africa, Denmark, Belgium and Switzerland, are there other countries where in some parts of the territory (like some kind of autonomous region) they have a ...
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What does Japan have to gain from banning the sales of chip-making equipment to China?

https://www.scmp.com/tech/tech-war/article/3221582/tech-war-china-slams-japans-semiconductor-technology-export-controls Beijing said it “firmly opposes” Japan’s latest chip-making equipment export ...
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Why is Saudi Arabia primarily buying weapons from the United States?

Background. Saudi Arabia is a key U.S. ally in the Middle East. Saudi Arabia's security forces have relied on U.S. equipment, training, and service support for decades, officially as a counterbalance ...
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Why isn't Argentina part of the F-35 program?

https://asiatimes.com/2023/03/china-argentina-on-verge-of-region-rattling-fighter-deal/ This week, South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported that Argentina’s Ambassador to China Sabino Vaca Narvaja ...
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Clear and concrete definition of "Third World" [duplicate]

Commonly, when I discuss with a pro-western American, or perhaps sometimes Europeans about an African Country I always hear this, "But it's third world" on investopedia.com "Third World&...
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How could the US Embargo on Cuba be ended? What would that process look like?

There's been a lot of discussion on if the US embargo on Cuba should be ended, but I would like to know: how could it be ended? What legislative process? Would any laws have to be removed to allow ...
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In countries where freedom of expression is limited and the constitution prohibits political participation, what are the options?

There are many countries where freedom of expression is restricted in various ways and certain people or all people are restricted or not even allowed legally to participate in politics of any kind. ...
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How does India access its air base in Tajikistan?

Farkhor Air Base is a military air base located near the town of Farkhor in Tajikistan, and is operated by the Indian Air Force in collaboration with the Tajik Air Force. As we can see in the map, ...
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Does the US government consider a prolonged war in Ukraine as a geopolitical advantage for the US against Russia?

According to Washington Post, the US government is asking Ukraine to be more open to negotiations with the current Russian regime: The Biden administration is privately encouraging Ukraine’s leaders ...
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What exactly is the Valdai Discussion Club and has it been playing a role in the current geopolitical situation?

Having briefly browsed their website, I'm still not sure what exactly the Valdai Discussion club is. Who are its members, what do they do, and what role, if any, has it been playing in the Russian ...
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Is Russia on the rise to become the new economic world power? Is the war situation paving a way towards it? [closed]

I want to understand the current stance of Russia & its future economic leadership potential. After listening to the speech by Putin at the recent Valdai Discussion Club (transcript attached), I'...
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Why did the EU not let developing countries outside the EU to import fertilizers from Russia?

He pointed out that the bloc had eased curbs to let in Russian fertilizers to Europe, but was unwilling to do the same for developing countries outside the continent. “Using the opportunity, I ask UN ...
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Why are European countries interested in the Indo-Pacific?

The Indo-Pacific has become a new conflict zone these days, with China on one side, and other countries like Japan, Australia, and India on the other side. Organizations like AUKUS and the Quad have ...
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What are different ways to define the concept of "The West"?

The concept of "The West" is mentioned frequently on this forum, but often runs into the problem of ambiguous definition. While most people have a rough idea of what is considered "...
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What are the pros and cons of joining the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue Plus group instead of joining the main Quadrilateral Security Dialogue?

What are the pros and cons of joining the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue Plus group instead of joining the main Quadrilateral Security Dialogue? I was wondering why a country like South Korea would ...
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What benefits does China gain by waiving debt to African countries like this?

https://www.fmprc.gov.cn/eng/zxxx_662805/202208/t20220819_10745617.html What benefits does China gain by waiving debt to African countries like this? Second, we need to take concrete actions to ...
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What are the pros and cons of having a large sovereign wealth fund?

https://www.swfinstitute.org/fund-rankings/sovereign-wealth-fund What are the pros and cons of having a large sovereign wealth fund? I am asking, because China is behind Norway and China invest a ...
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How are interactions between Taliban Afghanistan and the world carried out if they are not officially recognized by anyone?

This is a hybrid politics/international law question and it’s posted here for convenience. Everyday interactions would include border crossings, postal services, telecommunications, airspace ...
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What does Ukraine gain by having Western countries ban all Russian visa?

Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky said earlier in an interview with the Washington Post that Western countries should ban entry to all Russians. Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas, in turn, ...
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What purpose does publishing a white paper serve?

China has published a White Paper on the situation with Taiwan. Here is the translation: The spokesperson of the Taiwan Office of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China was authorized ...
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