Questions tagged [international]

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Why doesn't the Paris agreement cover emissions from international shipping?

Why doesn't the Paris agreement include emissions from international shipping? According to the International Maritime Organization (IMO): Note: The Paris Agreement on climate change was agreed in ...
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Why would China join the TPP if it would undermine China?

https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/17/economy/china-cptpp-application-intl-hnk/index.html China has applied to join a major Asia-Pacific trade partnership that the United States ditched several years ago, ...
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Do/did former Soviet republic leaders generally attend the May Victory Day parade in Moscow?

It's been noted in a 2017 article that that year only Moldovan president Dodon attended the May Victory Day parade in Moscow: Dodon was also the only head of state from the former Soviet republics in ...
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Is Japan's handling of its nuclear waste water conforming to international norms and historical precedents?

The United States on Monday (local time) extended support to Japan in its decision to release contaminated water from the wrecked Fukushima atomic power station into the sea, stating that Tokyo ...
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What may happen to the diplomatic missions of Afghanistan once the Taliban takes over? [closed]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_diplomatic_missions_of_Afghanistan Surprisingly, Afghanistan had many diplomatic missions throughout the world. I am wondering what may happen to them in the ...
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Which countries offer monetary incentives to those getting the Covid vaccine?

In the Washington Post, I read that the US state of West Virginia offers money to people who get vaccinated. I am wondering if you can help me find countries that offer similar cash incentives. It ...
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Why didn't the United States and other developed countries criticize the Cayman Islands for allowing tax evasion?

Though the Cayman Islands is involved in no major international disputes, they have come under some criticism due to the use of their territory for narcotics trafficking and money laundering. In an ...
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Is there a country where people votes don't equal one another based on their personal circumstances?

Sorry if this question is a bit harsh, but I am looking for any country (past or current) who implemented a system where people don't just have 1 equal vote each, a vote/point system that is based on ...
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How does having other countries support a security guarantee increases the likelihood that this security guarantee will be followed through?

But Putin, keen to use the summit to burnish Russia’s diplomatic credentials as a global player, said he believed any U.S. guarantees might need to be supported by the other nations involved in ...
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Why does Canada only accept refugee applications from Afghans applying from Afghanistan, thus requiring them to return to the country?

The Canadian government have started processing the refugee applications for Afghanistan whose lives are being endangered by the increasing advances of the Taliban. According to immigration.ca: ...
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Are there international rules or mechanisms to prevent the theft of technology across borders?

Korea's tech industries are increasingly becoming the target of technology and intellectual property theft that has been growing in sophistication and harmfulness. The targeted industries include ...
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Why don't other countries try to emulate the United States? [closed]

(Apologies in advance if I sound condescending or ignorant of world affairs. The former is unintentional; the latter is why I'm here.) You often hear about countries (developing nations, mostly, but ...
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Why are African countries using direct and indirect taxation against their farmers to tax them at a rate twice as high than anywhere in the world?

Why are African countries using direct and indirect taxation against their farmers to tax them at a rate twice as high than anywhere in the world? I found this in a research paper entitled Why kill ...
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Under what jurisdiction is the ISS?

Under what jurisdiction is the ISS? If a crime is to be committed inside the International Space Station, under whose jurisdiction would the criminals be prosecuted? Is there a mechanism or ...
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What are the advantages of a nation allowing one of its states to default on its debt?

Some Federations like the U.S.A. do not permit one of their states to file for bankruptcy. My question is why do some countries allow for one of their states to default on its debt, and what might be ...
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Why is Russia still welcome on the ISS despite geopolitical tensions?

Why is Russia still welcome on the International Space Station despite geopolitical tensions? According to Wikipedia: The Wolf Amendment is a law passed by the United States Congress in 2011 that ...
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Is there any legal consequence in infringing a U.N. resolution?

Is there any legal consequence in infringing a U.N. resolution? Let's say a U.N. resolution passes, but a country decides to infringe that resolution. What would be the likely consequences of such an ...
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Why won't China or Russia modernize North Korea's army by selling them modern military equipment?

North Korea's uses many outdated tanks, mostly T-62s, or based on T-62s, many of which would be expected to be ineffective against the more modern Abrams tank. The S-400 missile system is the best ...
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Is there any consequence to nuclear proliferation to countries?

Is there any consequence to nuclear proliferation to countries? Let's say that there's a technology leak from Pakistan and it allows Iran and Syria to develop the nuclear weapons. Will Pakistan be ...
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Why is Switzerland holding such a large foreign exchange reserve?

According to Wikipedia's List of countries by foreign-exchange reserves: Why is Switzerland holding such a large foreign exchange reserve? Asian countries decided to maintain a large foreign exchange ...
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Is there a deescalation protocol or procedure between the U.S. and China?

Is there a deescalation protocol or procedure between the U.S. and China? I am wondering if there's a protocol or procedure agreed upon by the U.S. and China for preventing an all-out war between the ...
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Difference between a signatory and a member of the Cape Town Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment

Cape Town Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment is an international treaty intended to standardize transactions involving movable property. However, I see that Chile only signed ...
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How does the U.S. government regulate what American companies do in China?

How does the U.S. government regulate what American companies do in China? China requires U.S. companies to go into a join venture with a Chinese company and thereby transfer some technologies with ...
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What are the benefits of joining the International Whaling Commission?

What are the benefits of joining the International Whaling Commission? The International Whaling Commission has a lot of members, but I fail to see why the countries would join such an organization, ...
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Can other countries central banks impact the decision of the Federal Reserve?

Can other countries central banks impact the decision of the Federal Reserve? In theory, the Federal Reserve enact policies that will benefit the country, but given the dollar's reserve currency, it's ...
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How come China won't allow unfettered access to ambassadors when tourists can freely go to Xinjiang on their own?

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3133267/un-members-call-immediate-meaningful-and-unfettered-access ‘If you have nothing to hide, why do you not finally grant unimpeded access?’ one ...
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Why do some African countries use the CFA franc if it means that they need to pay France money to be able to print money for their economies?

Why do some African countries use the CFA franc if it means that they need to pay France money to be able to print money for their economies? Strictly speaking, the CFA franc is the name given to two ...
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What mechanisms or international laws give the U.S. the power to extend its jurisdiction beyond its border as long as the criminals use SWIFT?

https://qz.com/1893235/swift-transfer-system-leaves-china-vulnerable-to-us-sanctions/ According to the latest data (pdf) from Swift, more than 40% of global transactions on its platforms are ...
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Is it the Chinese government's responsibility to monitor and punish Chinese fishing ships illegally entering a country's EEZ to fish illegally?

Is it the Chinese government responsibility to monitor and punish Chinese fishing ships illegally entering a country EEZ to fish illegally? According to Business Insider: Since 2018, hundreds of ...
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What are the political factors that make it hard for countries to agree on a mechanism that will prevent tax evasion?

What are the political factors that make it hard for countries to agree on a mechanism that will prevent tax evasion? The idea was discussed for so long and yet nothing was done to prevent it. What ...
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Can the IMF Special Drawing Rights be used to combat the need for negative interest rates in order to fiscally stimulate the global economy?

Can the IMF Special Drawing Rights be used to combat the need for negative interest rates in order to fiscally stimulate the global economy? I am wondering if the U.S. can use the IMF in order to ...
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According to international law, when is first-use nuclear strike justified?

According to international law, when is first-use nuclear strike justified? https://www.cnn.com/2021/05/24/china/us-china-taiwan-1958-nuclear-intl-hnk/index.html Hong Kong (CNN) — Military planners ...
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What would be the motivation to not ratify the TRIPS agreement?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TRIPS_Agreement Looking at the article above, some countries have not ratified the TRIPS agreement, is there a reason to not ratify the treaty? I thought that this ...
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Can a country be allowed to nationalize every assets the countries has under private ownership from foreign investors according to international law?

Can a country be allowed to nationalize every assets the countries has under private ownership from foreign investors according to international law? Let's say that the assets were bought under a ...
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What is the number of elected politicians at all levels in the world?

There are 519,000 elected politicians in the USA at all levels of government. At all levels of government, approximately how many elected politicians are there worldwide? A lower/upper bound would be ...
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Does IAEA conduct spot checks / surprise visits at Iranian nuclear facilities?

I have heard it claimed (in personal conversations) that when the IAEA wishes to make an inspection/visit to an Iranian nuclear facility, it is required to announce its visit a good number of days in ...
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What interventions could decrease the price of Bitcoin? [closed]

The high value of some cryptocurrencies, in particular Bitcoin has had the effect of causing a significant increase in the demand for electricity leading to increases of carbon emissions. (See https:/...
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What is the role of the Kaladan project?

The Kaladan project it seems is the one of the wonders taking place. However I really do not understand what is the point connect Myanmar with India for a route that will connect the main Indian ...
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What is the largest political entity that lacks legislative power?

Lets define some examples to clarify what I'm talking about. United States: has a legislature in the form of the US Congress New York: has a state legislature New York City: can issue its own ...
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What international laws or treaties are there, if any, that encourage countries to prevent people from leaving their countries illegally

Related question: Are there international laws that compel Mexico to prevent migrants from crossing the border and into the U.S.?. My question is not a duplicate because the question I linked is about ...
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Empirical cases of kleptocracies [closed]

From the definition of kleptocracy: a society whose leaders make themselves rich and powerful by stealing from the rest of the people And the definition of government: the group of people with the ...
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What prevents a government from taxing its citizens living abroad?

South Africa recently introduced new legislation that means many citizens working abroad that were previously exempt from paying income tax are now required to do so. It is also common knowledge that ...
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Why don't more democratic countries reject all candidates if NOTA exceed candidates's votes?

Why don't more democratic countries have the option to allow voters to vote NOTA ("None of the above") and reject all candidates if NOTA exceed candidates's votes? Doing that would leave ...
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With Covid-19, what governments/societies pose the lowest restrictions for their people?

With Sweden being the obvious first choice, I wonder what other (specifically developed countries) governments/societies choose not to react to the virus in the "usual" extent (i.e. lock-...
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Did any major polluters take up any significant steps towards fulfilling the Paris Agreement?

Today is the day when the US will officially leave the Paris Agreement that was signed by Obama back in 2016. This is claimed to be a major setback for the Green movement in the US. But did any major ...
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Why is the agreement of the native country needed when sending back their citizen?

Following a recent murder of a teacher in France, the French government decided to send about 230 people back to their country (they were under surveillance by the French authorities for links to ...
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World Bank President Selection [closed]

The Wikipedia article for the World Bank Group states that: "Traditionally, the Bank President has always been a U.S citizen nominated by the President of the United States, the largest ...
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Which directly elected official has received the most votes in a personal capacity?

In America, the president is indirectly elected, even though most voters' ballots would list the candidates by name. In 2016, Trump received 304 electoral votes. In parliamentary systems, the PM still ...
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Why does the US want Indo-Pacific Nations to become something such as NATO?

I am aware of the US-China Conflict on trade and further on and I am kind of being remembered of the cold war, the battle between the US and the USSR. NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation) was ...
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Why are American elections and politics receiving so much coverage in Canadian and European media?

I live in Canada, but I follow American politics to some degree, as do most of the people I know. However, I do it as a hobby and realize that American politics really don't have much of an effect on ...

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