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What did Putin do to ensure that he doesn't get overthrown by a military coup or to reduce the likelihood of it?

What did Putin do to ensure that he doesn't get overthrown by a military coup or to reduce the likelihood of it? https://www.usnews.com/news/world-report/articles/2022-05-25/new-punishments-await-...
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Why must export of Ukrainian grain go through Russian diplomatic and military approval?

You can find claims all over the media that Ukraine cannot export their grain (I assume it was last year's production since it is too early for the new harvest) because the Russian navy has blockaded ...
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Why do western countries condemn Russia and not Israel? [closed]

I'm not really into politics or history, so my question might be obvious. I just wonder why Western countries condemn Russia so much for the Ukraine invasion, and why they didn't condemn Israel (from ...
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Are Estonia, Iceland, Hungary and Greece in a similar economical level? [closed]

I was wondering whether the Estonian or the Icelandic economies, despite being small, are relatively close to the Hungarian and the Greek economies, or whether they are much smaller Therefore, are ...
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Is there any change in World Order? [closed]

I've been reading couple of news headline which states that there is change in the World Order. I don't know understand, how world has changed so far in domain of International politics? Yes, it is ...
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What measures has Russia taken to combat the declining population problem in the past 15 years?

In 2006, Russian President Vladimir Putin directed his nation's parliament to develop a plan to revive the country's falling birthrate. In a speech to parliament on May 10, 2006, Putin called the ...
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Asking for examples to clarify the meaning of geopolitics

I don't understand what "geopolitics" means and I am asking help about that. From googling, I found some definitions below: Blackwill (2009) documents that "Geopolitics in this context ...
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Is there a food crisis linked to the Ukrainian war or a massive speculation?

As of now at the end of March 2022, it is quite common to find articles in the media and also some declarations by world leaders talking about a food crisis caused by the Ukrainian war. Here are some ...
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What makes it hard for Southeast Asian countries (including India) to replace China and become new "world factory"?

Many people argue that it is hard for Western countries to pose economic sanctions on China by banning all (or most) imports from China, due to China's huge role in the world supply chain. I wonder ...
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Which countries have oil stockpiles?

I was looking at data on the Energy Information Administration's website on global production and consumption of crude oil and noticed that in many years consumption exceeds production -- from 1980 to ...
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Has Ukraine ever considered being neutral after the collapse of the Soviet Union?

This article that was written a few weeks before Russia invaded Ukraine suggests that Emmanuel Macron did not rule out the idea of Ukraine's neutrality following Finland as a model: During the tense ...
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Does a policy of mutually assured destruction favor rogue states?

I wondered if a policy of mutually assured destruction favors rogue states. I think it is fair to assume that a rogue nuclear state would have less regard for its people and their life and wellbeing ...
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Why didn't Russia invade Ukraine during the Olympic games? [closed]

I am wondering why the timing is so strange, because Russia said it wouldn't invade Ukraine, and didn't do so until recently right after the Olympic Games ended. Is there a reason for this? Did they ...
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Solutions to the problem of the US's strong offensive capabilities incentivising potential adversaries to create 'buffers'?

The US has great reach with very destructive conventional weapons, particularly aircraft carriers and their entourage, which can sit off an enemy coastline and pummel a large landmass indefinitely. ...
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Russian Experts on the Credibility of the Russian Nuclear Second Strike Capability

From Western news reports about Russian government statements, Russia seems concerned that NATO forces in the ex-Communist states would endanger the Russian strategic deterrence (which include a ...
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What academic journals in political science have the highest impact factor? [closed]

I am in school for engineering and work as a programmer but I'm almost always reading about politics/philosophy/economics/sociology outside school. However the sources I get my information from the ...
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Could Russia be bluffing on an invasion of Ukraine in order to keep profiting from the high price of liquified natural gas? [closed]

I am wondering if it may be likely that Russia is just bluffing in regards to an invasion of Ukraine in order to keep the price of liquefied natural gas (LNG) high so that it will continue to profit ...
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Why did some places with a large population become states within a country when other places with smaller populations became countries of their own?

With a population of over 200 million, the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh has a much larger population than most EU countries(eg: Switzerland has approx 9 mil population). Why is it that small places ...
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Can countries use cross-border rivers to pressure neighbouring countries?

For example, can Sudan block/divert the Nile to exert political pressure on Egypt? (The Nile is a major river that flows through Sudan into Egypt.) I can't find any results via Google on this. The ...
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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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Does stronger geographic representation lead to stronger regional identities?

Are there any studies which would conclude whether stronger geographic representation in voting systems is a significant contributor to strong regional identities in a country?
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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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Is there an international law in regards to the ownership of a river that is located in multiple countries?

Apologies for my previous question, it might have been built on a wrong belief, which I hope will be clarified by answers to this question. Few years ago, when the dispute between Egypt and Ethiopia ...
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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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