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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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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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What protections, if any, do local staff at a foreign mission have?

There were reports on Tuesday that an employee of the British Consulate in Hong Kong has gone missing while on a business trip to mainland China. It is believed that he was detained by Chinese ...
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Why does the EU-Turkey customs union not violate the single market principle?

In the Brexit negotiations the EU has rejected the British wish of being part of the single market but without free movement of people. Such a partial free market could lead to unfair competition and ...
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What is the most severe retaliation possible under article 22 of WTO dispute settlement?

Article 22 of WTO dispute settlement as found in Annex 2 of the WTO Agreement deals with compensation and the suspension of concessions. I'm wondering what kind of retaliation this entails. The ...
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Are the laws governing Antarctica legally binding?

Are the laws governing Antarctica legally binding? I heard that there's a mining ban in Antarctica that sets by the Antarctic Treaty, but I am wondering if it's legally binding and what would happen ...
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How likely is a reform on the status of 'developing' country pushed by the Trump adminstration only affect China?

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trade-wto/trump-targets-china-in-call-for-wto-to-reform-developing-country-status-idUSKCN1UL2G6 The Trump administration is trying to weaken China using any ...
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Why are so many countries still in the Commonwealth?

53 countries, all of them former British colonies except for two, are in the Commonwealth. Why are countries such as India, which had a major protest movement to gain independence from Imperialist ...
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Who has jurisdiction for a crime committed in an embassy?

Who would have prosecutorial/criminal jurisdiction if a crime was comitted in an embassy in a foreign nation. For example if someone was murdered in the US Embassy in Moscow, or if someone was ...
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How does jurisdiction of international courts work?

My understanding is that states who are signatories to international court are bound to respond to a lawsuit brought against them by another member state. Is that correct assessment? Or it’s case by ...
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What does Trump hope to achieve by calling the Swedish prime minister about ASAP Rocky? [closed]

There has been some media discussion on Trump's recent statement that he is going to call the Swedish prime minister, Stefan Löfven, about the fact that US rapper ASAP Rocky is currently being ...
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Have there been any attempts by the rest of the world to sanction the US in the last years?

In the past few years the US has implemented or rejected certain international policies which other countries have been critical of. The first that come to mind are: The Paris climate accord - the US ...
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Is the U.S. pursuing the agenda of containing the economic development of developing countries?

Is the U.S. pursuing the agenda of containing the economic development of developing countries? Under the WTO, countries like Vietnam and India should have favorable treatment, but recently the Trump ...
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Why didn't the U.S. support the idea of an Asian Monetary Fund?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asian_Monetary_Fund During the Asian financial crisis, Asian leaders had difficulties in dealing with both regional and international institutions such as the ...
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Fate of countries without any army when attacked

What happens to countries which don't have any standing army, when attacked by any other country, terrorists, etc.? Even though only politically less significant or relatively more peaceful ...
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Why haven't Latin American countries condemned the U.S. for its migrant detention centers?

Why won't Latin American countries condemn the U.S. for its migrant detention centers? According to Wikipedia, the detention centers in the U.S. for so-called illegals and asylum seekers are ...
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Is opposition to whaling biased against Japan?

Many of the comments and edits in the Whales Vs Other Animals have spiralled off from the original question into the differences in the treatment of certain countries. While currently much of the ...
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Is there a strong legal guarantee that the U.S. can give to another country that it won't attack them?

Is there a strong legal guarantee that the U.S. can give to another country that it won't attack them? I think because U.S. policy tends to drastically change every time the administration changes, ...
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What are the consequences for a developed nation to not accept any refugees?

What are the consequences for a developed nation to not accept any refugees? Are there grave consequences for not accepting any refugees? I am asking, because almost every country on the planet ...
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How is the G20 family photo order decided?

I was going through G20 summit news and saw their traditional 'family photo' session. I got curious about how the photo order is decided. Initially I thought host country will decide order in which ...
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Is there any governmental organization/party in europe that has a main goal to untangle eu from US?

Well ever since the US decided to step out of the climate accord, I've been wondering whether some consider the US the biggest enemy of Europe. Considering climate change will hit Europe hard and ...
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Can European countries bypass the EU and make their own individual trade deal with the U.S.?

Can European countries bypass the EU and make their own individual trade deal with the U.S.? I am asking, because for instance Italy decided to join the Belt and Road before other countries meaning ...
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Why is Japan trying to have a better relationship with Iran?

Why is Japan trying to have a better relationship with Iran? Shinzo Abe has become the first Japanese leader to visit Iran in 40 Years. Is it worth it for Japan to risk alienating the U.S., which is a ...
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Can there be a UN resolution to remove a country from the UN Security Council?

Can there be a United Nations (UN) resolution to remove a country from the United Nations Security Council (UNSC)? I am wondering if we can vote a country like France or China out of the UNSC. Is ...
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Does Japan intentionally devalue its exports to the US in exchange for US military protection?

I came across this unsourced answer which claims that the Japanese government buys US treasury bonds at a loss to make exports to the US cheap for US consumers in exchange for military protection by ...
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Is the U.S. requiring Japan to share their semiconductor patents with the U.S. a case of trade bullying?

The South China Morning Post said: This was followed by a second five-year semiconductor deal in 1991, in which Japan agreed to double the US market share in Japan to 20 per cent. In yet ...
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Are intrusions within a foreign embassy considered an act of war?

Are intrusions within a foreign embassy considered an act of war? Let's say that the U.S. breaks into the Chinese embassy in New York and decides to arrest a criminal whom the Chinese government had ...
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Are there political reasons why the Chinese government doesn't or is not allowed to buy U.S. stocks?

Are there political reasons why the Chinese government doesn't or is not allowed to buy U.S. stocks? I am asking, because I am wondering why the Chinese government always buy U.S. securities when it ...
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How much bargaining power do countries like Greece have on their debt settlement with rich EU countries?

How much bargaining power do countries like Greece have on their debt settlement with rich EU countries? What are the things they could bargain for in their own interests and what are the things they ...
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Are there documented examples of politicians lying for the greater good?

I have been watching the first two episodes of HBO’s Chernobyl show and after that my girlfriend was translating some news bulletin made by the Russians 4 days after the accident. The video, which we ...
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What happens when during the negotiation of a treaty when all the members don't agree on a particular provision?

What happens when during the negotiation of a treaty when all the members don't agree on a particular provision? For example, during the Iran deal, how did members solve their disagreements? Is there ...
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What are the incentives for CFA countries to remain under France's financial umbrella?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42_-ALNwpUo It seems that France benefits a lot from having its former colonies rely on France's financial system, but the former colonies don't really seem to derive ...
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Are countries required to reveal intelligence when they use an intelligence to arrest a government official of another country? [closed]

Are countries required to reveal intelligence when they use an intelligence to arrest a government official of another country? For example, if the U.S. arrest a Russian diplomat for spying, is the U....
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What are the problems related to Trump administration’s targeting of Huawei affecting US/UK relationship?

The New York Times article Trump State Visit to U.K. Faces Turbulence Amid Brexit Chaos says: British and American officials said the White House had been deferential to 10 Downing Street in ...
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What are the consequences of the U.S. imposing a 5% tariff against Mexico?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PT42zJhZ-jw What are the consequences of the U.S. imposing a 5% tariff against Mexico? I heard on Bloomberg that the 5% tariff would be a breach of NAFTA. If the U.S. ...
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Are there international laws that compel Mexico to prevent migrants from crossing the border and into the U.S.?

Are there international laws that compel Mexico to prevent migrants from crossing the border and into the U.S.? I am asking, because I am wondering if there's any legitimate grievance from the U.S., ...
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Under what law can the U.S. arrest International Criminal Court (ICC) judges over war crimes probe?

US threatens to arrest ICC judges over war crimes probe (Deutsche Welle) Is there any such law that would allow the U.S. impinge on another nation's sovereignty in order to prevent ICC judges from ...
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What can other WTO members do against the American move to block the WTO judge reappointment?

What can other WTO members do against the American move to block the WTO judge reappointment? Is the WTO effectively frozen as the U.S. blocked the WTO judge reappointment? What can other members do ...
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Why did Italy decide to join the Belt and Road Initiative when other European countries were initially against it?

Why did Italy decide to join the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) when other European countries were initially against it? Was there an official reason given by the Italian government? What does Italy ...
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Does the U.S. have the right to pressure Asian and European countries to not use Huawei equipments?

Does the U.S. have the right to pressure Asian and European countries to not use Huawei equipment? Is that against WTO rules? I thought the national security clause only applied within a country's own ...
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Why is the U.S. wary of the Belt and Road initiative?

Why is the U.S. wary of the Belt and Road initiative? As you may know, the U.S. has been trying to convince its allies in Europe and in other countries to be wary of the BRI project insinuating that ...
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How will Russia benefit geopolitically from the current chilling of the relation between the EU and the U.S.?

How will Russia benefit from the current chilling of the relation between the EU and the U.S.? As you know, the Trump administration is attacking the EU on trade and is also putting pressure on the EU ...
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What can the U.S. do politically if China decided to stop exporting rare earth metals to the U.S.?

China has recently threatened to ban export of rare earth metal to the US. What can the US do to retaliate against such a move politically? Is there anything the U.S. can do that could hurt China as ...
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Are U.S. territorial claims in the Pacific compliant with UNCLOS?

The U.S. claims territory in the Pacific as seen in the map below illustration the U.S. exclusive economic zones. The question is: are these claims complying with the United Nations Convention on the ...
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If technology transfer is part of the TRIPS agreement, then why does the U.S. see an issue with it in respect to China?

If technology transfer is part of the TRIPS agreement, then why does the U.S. see an issue with it in respect to China? https://www.wto.org/english/tratop_e/trips_e/techtransfer_e.htm I've heard ...
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What is the U.S. seeking to achieve by trying to make sure that G20 members such as Mexico and Turkey cannot claim the WTO developing country status?

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trade-wto/u-s-drafts-wto-reform-to-halt-handouts-for-big-and-rich-states-idUSKCN1Q426T After reading that article, it seems that the U.S. is pushing to remove ...
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Are Washington's threats over Nord Stream pipeline against WTO rules?

I heard that the U.S. is considering imposing sanctions against Germany if it proceeds to build the Nord Stream pipeline and import gas from Russia, but I was wondering if such trade restrictions ...
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If China is as good as other developing countries at protecting IP, why is the U.S. administration labelling China as a trade cheat?

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/04/us-trade-hawks-exaggerate-chinas-threat/587536/ I was reading this article and read that China is not any different in regards to other developing ...
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Is imposing tariffs under the pretext of national security illegal under the WTO?

The U.S. as you know imposed tariffs against foreign steel earlier during Trump's presidency. I was wondering if such political moves can be considered to be illegal under the WTO.
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Is the practice of giving market access for technology transfer illegal under the WTO?

I was watching a documentary on the trade war and in the documentary a claim is made about the practice of giving market access for technology transfer. They say it was illegal under the WTO, but I ...
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(Why) is Armenia's CEPA not perceived as threatening by Russia?

A CFR article/interview claims that Armenia's 2017 Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement (CEPA) with the EU is not perceived as threatening by Russia. If this is correct, it is a bit ...