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Questions tagged [international-relations]

Questions relating to the relationships, agreements or interactions between countries. May also be used for questions relating to international organisations like the United Nations.

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Does the new EU-Swiss draft deal contain explicit provisions on immigration quotas?

An article in Thelocal.ch says that negotiations on the new draft EU-Swiss deal were spurred by the 2014-2017 Swiss imposition of immigration quotas. (The dates refer to the decision(s), not to the ...
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How to interpret 'economic zones'?

This was an exam question conducted in Feb 2019: write an Essay on "New war fronts lie in economic zones." Since the question seemed to be open ended, to me at least, I would like to know what ...
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Is NAFTA currently in effect, and/or will it be in effect should the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) fail?

I'm curious about the current state of NAFTA. Was it terminated to make way for the new agreement, or is passing the new agreement the trigger for the removal of NAFTA? Basically, if the new trade ...
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Has North Korea made any statement on the alleged attack on its embassy in Madrid?

According to the BBC: On 22 February, a group of 10 assailants reportedly broke into the building, tying up, beating and interrogating eight people inside. The incident took place just days ...
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Is Russia interfering in Catalonian process?

I heard some months ago that not only did the US congress warn about Russia's interference on Catalonian non-official referendum, but that Russians wanted to use Catalonia as a port for their ...
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For what reasons does India not provide proof that it attacked terrorists on Pakistani soil?

Today, India carried out an airstrike against an alleged terrorist camp based in Pakistan. After the strike, India claimed they killed about 350 terrorists. India has not provided any proof of this. ...
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What is a corporate embassy and how does it compare to a normal one? [closed]

The NY Times reports that Facebook opened a "corporate embassy" in China I'm wondering What does a government embassy do? What laws typically apply to it? How does that compare to the power and ...
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What would be the repercussions if Venezuela defaulted on Russia's loan?

Recently the Russian Ministry of Finance stated it expects Venezuela to provide payments on time. Given the U.S. has imposed sanctions against Venezuela, would the economic influence on Venezuela ...
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Is there any precedent for refusing to withdraw an ambassador on grounds of illegitimacy?

Is there any precedent for this? We welcome interim President Guaido’s directive to all diplomatic missions in Venezuela that Venezuela intends to maintain diplomatic relations with all countries. ...
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Why do Russia, China and Cuba support the Maduro government in Venezuela?

According to Washington Post, Russia, China and Cuba back up Maduro in leading Venezuela: Backed by Russia, China and Cuba, Maduro has ordered the arrest, torture and exile of scores of ...
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Why are the Greek nationalists against resolving the name dispute and call FYROM “North Macedonia”?

According to yesterday's newspapers (22th January, 2019), Greek nationalists made street protests against the agreement to resolve the infamous naming dispute when it comes to former-Yugoslav ...
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Is there a name for sanctioned populations turning against their own governments rather than turning against the sanctioning power?

For a long time I have been wondering whether there is a specific concept given to the phenomenon that occurs when a fraction of local populations who are at the receiving end of sanctions or any ...
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Is espionage internationally tolerated?

This might be my perception being biased from what media is reporting about. But how I see it, here in Germany it is usually reported in media like: "Spy [Name] was convicted of having transfered [...
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What approaches are advocated for a greater Mongolia given that ethnic Mongols might be a minority?

I've heard about pan-Mongolism from time to time, such as this facebook post from Mongolia Live, and there's a Wikipedia article on it. Assuming that Russia and China were willing to give up that ...
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Why is the separation of Kosovo from Serbia treated differently from the breakup of other Yugoslav nations from Belgrade?

When Yugoslavia began to split up, it didn't take more than a couple of years for the international community to recognize the splinter states as sovereign nations. If I understand correctly, this ...
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Does the US “coerce” other countries to criminalize many drugs?

A comment on a question about taxing and legalizing soft drugs explains that the US may have used its political and economic clouts to force other countries to ban narcotics. I find that hard to ...
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Why is it frequently claimed that the US 'signed' a given treaty before it's been ratified by Congress?

As an example, it was often claimed that the US 'signed' and then 'left' the Paris climate treaty, even though it was merely agreed to by the US President, rather than by Congress as required by the ...
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On average, how many attempts of illegal border crossing, do illegals that are caught do? (US-Mexico border)

I suppose a good number of illegal border crossers (illegal immigrants, criminals, asylum rejects, etc) would have to attempt to cross the border several times before either giving up or making it to ...
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Does Iran have any remaining obligations regarding UN Security Council resolution 2231 and testing ballistic missiles?

In recent US government news, Iran allegedly test-fired a missile: The Iranian regime has just test-fired a medium range ballistic missile that is capable of carrying multiple warheads. The missile ...
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Can Western countries impose sanctions on Saudi Arabia in a similar way to those imposed to Russia?

A local journalist argued some time after murdering of Jamal Khashoggi something like the following (approximately from the memory, I cannot find the source now): I do not mind paying more for the ...
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Convention to stop defamation of religion

Pakistani prime minister said that we shall be introduced a convention to stop the ‘’defamation of any religion’’ and this work will be supervised by jurist. The question is: Is there any legal ...
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How do states trust each other to comply with treaties?

There is no global power that enforces treaties so when entering into one a state has to make a prediction about whether the other parties will comply with it. I'm guessing they base their predictions ...
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How much of the reparations due to Nicaragua did the USA pay out?

The ICJ awarded reparations to Nicaragua in 1986 in a international legal case brought against the USA due to its support of the Contras against the Nicaraguan government. Q. Who took the case to ...
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How does Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties go about such cases when one of the two sides stops existing?

How does the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties go about such cases when one of the two sides stops existing? For example, when USSR stopped existing how did the Vienna Convention regulate all ...
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What are the types of cultural diplomacy?

I believe there aren't any types, because cultural diplomacy is a part of public diplomacy but one of my teachers said that sport, for instance, is a type of cultural diplomacy. I can't find any ...
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Since Greece wants FYROM to be named “North Macedonia”, why don't they make an example call their own region “South Macedonia”?

Greece refuses to recognise the name "Republic of Macedonia" (often named "former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia", FYROM) because this country is only a part of historical Macedonia, the other part ...
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Why don't neutral countries like New Zealand purchase any strategic equipment from Russia?

For instance, the New Zealand Air Force has all Western planes. New Zealand launches space rockets with the help of USA. Why don't neutral countries like New Zealand purchase any strategic ...
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What factors drive the power of passports?

Why do most of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries (ultra-rich) have lower Passport power as compared to Russian Federation (antagonistic to the West)? What factors drive the higher power of ...
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Do countries inform each other about ballistic missile test launches?

Informing potential adversaries about intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test looks logical, to not trigger false alert. I can't find any info - do countries do it? Do some protocols exist for ...
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Are there political reasons why Turkey would want to catch Saudi Arabian agents committing a crime?

Journalist Jamal Khashoggi disappeared after entering the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul on 2 October. Turkish officials allege that Saudi agents killed Khashoggi inside the consulate, and have ...
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Which countries are friends/allies in Middle East

In the latest news about the murder of a journalist it was hinted that Turkey and Saudi Arabia are not friends. I knew Saudi Arabia and Iran are not friends either, nor are Turkey and Iran, or Iran ...
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Why would a Western country sanction Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi's possible killing?

Suppose, hypothetically, it is determined that the Saudi Arabian government murdered Jamal Khashoggi over his opposition to Prince Mohammed bin Salman. I can understand why this would be an unethical ...
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Difference between the Scientific and Behavioral approach to International Relations

As per my shallow research, IR literature and online content intermix Scientific and Behavioral Approach to International Relations. What exactly is the difference between the Scientific and ...
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What are the options to a hosting country if a foreign embassy imprisoned someone inside it?

Today I heard an interesting news story on the radio. A Saudi citizen was imprisoned inside the Saudi embassy in Istanbul (Turkey), and the Turkish authorities are investigating the matter after a ...
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USMCA vs NAFTA, what's different?

Breakng news: "Today, Canada and the United States reached an agreement, alongside Mexico, on a new, modernized trade agreement for the 21st Century: the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement," US ...
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Hypothesis: “globalization makes a ”strong“ economy the hostage of its own success?”

What do you think about the hypothesis that globalization makes a "strong" economy the hostage of its own success? What do I mean by that?. Two countries deal with each other for a long time. One of ...
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US State Department and Department of Defense

In the TV series Madam Secretary, there seems to be this folklore about the state department and the department of defense conflicting somehow. How do the departments conflict, and where can I find a ...
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What stops countries from acting unilateraly

There is a kind of similar question at Why not leave UN. Let's suppose, that leaving UN and other treaties signed by the country is perceived an extremely negative option. But what, if a country ...
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When and how were the current US and EU tariffs on cars decided?

Trump said in a recent speech in West Virginia that he didn't like the "deal" the US has with the EU on cars. But as far as I know, there's no (separate) US-EU trade agreement on this, except ...
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Did (other) officials from EU countries condemn Trump's tariffs on Turkey?

Assuming this is not fake news: Germany's minister for economic affairs and energy on Sunday lashed out U.S. President Donald Trump over his trade row with Turkey, while accusing him of dictating ...
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Did China engage in spy swaps?

The Soviet union and then Russia regularly engaged in spy swaps with the West (even if a recent trend seems to be to "get them good" even after the swap, at least on select occasions.) But ...
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What's the highest level of official recognition that an African country gave to their “brothers” in the US?

I'm guessing that some African countries might have given their "brothers" (see further below a discussion what this could possibly mean) over the Atlantic, meaning African Americans, some kind of ...
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What are the objective minimum prerequisites for people of African descent in the Americas to form of an independent modern sovereign nation-state? [duplicate]

There are several questions and answers at Politics SE which address parts of the premise of this question, including What are the steps to become an independent country once independence has been ...
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How many treaties did US presidents terminate without Congress approval?

An opinion piece by Senator Russ Feingold on NBC says: although it took a 1945 vote in the Senate to allow President Harry Truman to ratify the U.N. Charter, the current weight of legal opinion ...
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What's the ratio of treaties ratified by Congress to other forms of international agreements the US is part of?

An NBC opinion piece says by former Senator Russ Feingold states: There have been relatively few treaties considered by Congress in recent decades, in part because executive agreements and regular ...
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How many treaties ratified by Congress did the US exit unilaterally?

In an attempt to better focus a recent question asked here that is popular but very open to interpretation (which alas often happens on politics SE), I want to ask: Are there any statistics on ...
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Why did France not sign the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties?

It looks like France is the only Security Council permanent member that did not sign the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties. (The US signed in 1970, but has yet to ratify, although successive US ...
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Why does France have so many bilateral treaties?

According to Miles & Posner (2008) "Which States Enter into Treaties, and Why?" The average for North America is more than ten times that of Africa. The North American average is driven by ...
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What international relations is Australia missing out on by being a constitutional monarchy?

For my debate, I have to argue in favour of Australia being a republic. I'm planning on one of my points being that by still being a monarchy, Australia is missing out on multiple international ...
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Has Saudi Arabia expelled ambassadors before over human rights comments (from their government)?

In the latest news on Saudi Arabia, they have expelled the Canadian ambassador (and recalled their own ambassador to Canada) in reaction to human rights comments from Canada, or more precisely demands ...