Questions tagged [international]

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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 allowing a state to default on its debt?

Some countries like the U.S. does not permit a state to file for bankruptcy. My question is why some countries allow for a state to default on its debt, and what might be the advantages of doing so? ...
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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North Korea's uses many outdated tanks, mostly T-62s, or based on T-62s, many of which would be expected to be ineffective against the more modern Abrams tank.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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Why won't institutions that hand out journalism awards revoke them for a lack of integrity? [closed]

Why won't institutions that hand out journalism awards revoke them for a lack of integrity? In the Olympics, medals are revoked when it is proven that the athlete took drugs, but how come we won't ...
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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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Why do many countries ban the sale of one's own blood?

According to this article (in Spanish) blood from people recovered from covid-19 is a millionaire's business, laboratories in the US were paying up to thousands of dollars for blood from people who ...
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Why does the US force citizens and US permanent residents located in countries with no and almost no COVID-19 cases to come back to the US?

I read on https://th.usembassy.gov/health-alert-u-s-embassy-bangkok-thailand-july-31-2020/ (mirror): We will not issue visa extension letters for U.S. citizens who wish to stay in Thailand beyond ...
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Are there any other “Nine-dash lines” out there?

Wikipedia's Nine-dash Line says: An early map showing a U-shaped eleven-dash line was published in the then-Republic of China on 1 December 1947. Two of the dashes in the Gulf of Tonkin were later ...
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Does anyone gather data on countries by *median* GDP/capita?

Lists of countries by GDP/capita suffer the problem of giving the mean value (i.e. the classical average, total GDP/population). This can lead to countries that have a few fantastically wealthy people ...
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Why does the IMF set its development models and economic policies behind closed doors?

Nobel laureate economist Joseph E. Stiglitz argues that, as a public institution, the IMF should improve its own transparency by setting its development models and economic policies through ...
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Have any local/national authorities conducted official reviews of historical landmarks?

Following the toppling of the Edward Colston statue in Bristol on June 7th, the renewed support for the "Rhodes must fall" campaign, targeting predominantly the statue of Cecil Rhodes at ...
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What did Taiwan's president Tsai Ing-wen actually say that it would do for “Hong Kongers”?

CNBC's Taiwan’s Tsai pledges support for people of Hong Kong after China proposes national security law begins: Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen said late on Sunday that the self-ruled democratic ...
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Has the WHO or any individual countries released COVID-19 statistics divided on basis of sex?

In February 2019, the U.S.A released HIV statistics based on sex: Have the WHO or any individual countries released COVID-19 statistics divided on this basis?
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Why did the Chinese government change their publicly-reported COVID-19 infection and death rates?

Until mid-April 2020, the Chinese government presented a certain set of figures regarding the infection and death rates from COVID-19 within China. Many people questioned those figures, but had no ...
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Have any polls been conducted measuring support for the WHO?

In the past few weeks, we have seen some countries criticize the World Health Organization, particularly from Japan, and more recently the US President's withdrawal of WHO funding subject to a review. ...
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Is there any G7 cooperative response for COVID-19?

G7 is a community of the largest economies in the world, according to Wikipedia. Recently, there was a foreign ministers meeting, and then a rather abstract statement after. I expected some ...
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Why have some governments banned outbound international flights in response to COVID-19?

Why have some governments banned outbound international flights in response to COVID-19? For example, the Philippines initially announced (but later reversed) a ban on outbound flights: Airports in ...

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