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Has a country ever by its own volition refused to join the United Nations?

I was seeing some of the countries which aren't part of the United Nations, and I noticed most of them either have dubious international recognition as countries (Taiwan, Palestine, Kosovo, etc.) or ...
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Since the United States is obligated to the survival of the State of Israel, does this mean that it is also obligated to save all nations? [closed]

If it is the offical foreign policy of the United States to ensure the survival of the State of Israel, both now and in the future, then should it be expected as a sign of fairness to all the other ...
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Why has NATO ignored Russia moving Estonian buoys?

According to the Estonian Police and Border Guard, Russia has moved the buoys from Narva River https://www.politsei.ee/en/news/border-guard-of-the-russian-federation-removed-light-buoys-from-narva-...
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Why is EU strategy dependent on US strategy? [closed]

Why they say that "It would be unlikely that the EU would have developed sufficient “strategic autonomy” to distance itself from a US strategy"?
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Confusion about recognition and where the concept comes from

A number of questions and answers on this site, and in the general commentary on the Internet, talk about "international recognition" or "recognition" by one country or another. ...
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What consequences can Belarus and Ukraine face for refusing to issue passports abroad?

There are at least two countries in the world that have ceased to issue travel documents to their citizens abroad. In September last year, Belarusian diplomatic missions stopped issuing passports ...
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Did any country in the G20 not condemn the Iranian drone & missile attack on Israel?

CNN: In a joint statement released after the virtual meeting, the G7 members condemned “in the strongest terms” Iran’s “direct and unprecedented attack” against Israel and expressed their “full ...
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Now that Azerbaijan has taken control of Nagorno-Karabakh, why does Pakistan still not recognise Armenia?

According to an Azerbaijani source from 2015, Pakistan refuses to recognise Armenia until Armenia withdraws its troops from "Azerbaijan" (meaning Nagorno-Karabakh / Artsakh). In September ...
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Which democratic countries / states don't recognise Israel de facto or de jure (the Economist democracy Index)?

Re the right of Israel to exist as a Jewish nation, what are the countries that deny Israel either de facto or de jure and are democracies, defined by being at least 6.00+ on the economist democracy ...
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Has China ever attacked countries within the Global South for protectionism?

https://www.ft.com/content/8703874e-44cb-4197-8dca-c7b555da8aef The Chinese government did not immediately reply to a request for comment. It has consistently attacked what it calls “protectionism”, ...
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What are the perks and privileges enjoyed by the non-EU/UK/CA/AU/NATO allies of US?

I am from one of those countries that claims to be a US ally. I don't know whether there is or should be any military connotation linked to that. If there is, I wonder if there are any benefits of ...
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What intelligence was released in order to "blunt Chinese saber-rattling in the Taiwan Strait"?

From Time Magazine's March X, 2024 Inside the White House Program to Share America’s Secrets: The motivation behind the program, the officials say, is that it works. Strategic declassification has ...
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Why does the Roman Curia need such an extensive diplomatic network?

The Roman Curia now enjoys formal diplomatic relations with 184 sovereign states and even a seat as permanent observer at the United Nations. Why exactly does the Roman Curia need this extensive ...
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What qualities or factors contribute to Qatar being considered a suitable mediator between Venezuela and the United States?

Spanish newspaper El Pais had a scoop last week: at the beginning of June, Juan Gonzalez and Jorge Rodriguez — President Joe Biden’s adviser on Latin American affairs and Venezuelan President Nicolas ...
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Why does Paraguay maintain a relationship with Taiwan if they can't compete against China in terms of checkbook diplomacy? [duplicate]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foreign_relations_of_Taiwan Why does Paraguay maintain a relationship with Taiwan if they can't compete against China in terms of checkbook diplomacy? https://en....
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Has the Niger junta explained why they expelled French but not US troops?

The Niger junta that took power this summer expelled French but not US troops. From what I can tell, France had about 1,500 troops there, and the US has about 1,100 (or maybe just 600--sources differ ...
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What was (roughly) the frequency of official Hamas visits to Moscow during the Trump presidency?

According to a couple of sources, top-level Hamas delegations visited Moscow at the Russian government's invitation in March 2023 and in September 2022. The latter of these sources surmises that Hamas ...
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Did any Western country condemn Japan for pursuing energy deals with Russia?

Although Japan has reduced its Russian energy imports since Moscow's invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, it has kept stakes in several fossil fuel projects in the country for its energy security. &...
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Does the government of Canada have any say on how its provinces perform their paradiplomacy?

The ministry operates the Quebec Government Offices, de facto embassies which serve as communication depots between the Government of Quebec and governments outside of Canada. None of the offices in ...
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Why aren't Iran and Pakistan working together?

Iran and Pakistan have traded attacks on each other's soil recently. Both claimed to be targeting terrorist groups based just over the border. Both countries have professed outrage at the strikes on ...
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Can a public school district make a declaration condemning a foreign state?

A local board of education is considering making a declaration condemning Israel for the war between Israel and Hamas, similar to the one that certain Harvard student groups made in October 2023. ...
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What are the laws and conventions governing an embassy building?

The treatment of diplomats and their embassy is generally specified in the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations. Here is the link for the complete text. The key provision on the embassy is ...
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What non-WMD weapons were Saddam Hussein prohibited from buying?

The Wikipedia page of UNSCR 1441 (the last one before the invasion, reiterating what had been said in previous resolutions and giving a 'final chance') says this: Iraq's breaches related not only to ...
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To what extent has the war on terror in the Somalia achieved its goals?

Has it been at all effective in getting rid of Al-Shabaab? How has it affected the region? Edit: I mean the US-led Operation Enduring Freedom - Horn of Africa.
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What are the actual demands by Yemeni "Houthis" for stopping the Bab Al-Mandab attacks?

Recently, Yemeni forces identified in international media as Houthis/Houthi rebels, have attacked or otherwise strong-armed commercial vessels to turn back from trying to enter the Red Sea via the Bab ...
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What was India's response to alleged Iranian attack on a ship off her coast?

Recently, there was a drone attack on a ship off India's coast on the Arabian Sea. The US has said that this attack was carried out from Iranian soil. Iran has denied these allegations. [Source] What ...
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Why would the U.S. decision be met with ire from other countries if they used the same rules as UNCLOS to determine its extended continental shelf?

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2023-12-22/us-claims-huge-chunk-of-seabed-amid-strategic-push-for-resources?leadSource=reddit_wall The State Department said in its response to questions that ...
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When did Putin state for the first time that there are no rules in international affairs?

In a press conference mid-Dec (2023) Putin is quoted as saying: "As for the 'rules-based order', there are in fact no such rules. They change every day in line with politics and the short-term ...
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Can a treaty between sovereign states be anulled in the future on the basis that one of the signatories was not a democracy or otherwise "free"?

Reparation from colonialism is a topic that comes up from time to time. Poland demanded €1.3t from Germany for WWII reparations as recently as 2022. Although the issue was settled by the Potsdam ...
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What "small military installation" did the US have in Cambodia as recently as 2019 (per Gannett graphic), and what was/is its function?

In an animated graphic embedded in CNN"s December 9, 2023 Study says US military intervention in the world is backfiring a dark gray dot indicating "small military installation" appears ...
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Why did the US support of Israel shift so dramatically?

From what I remember reading, during the Kennedy administration, the US considered bombing or taking over Israel's suspected nuclear development sites. However, now, many people and both major parties ...
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Did Iraq declare outright support for Hamas after Oct 7?

According to Le Monde they did: But a quick search didn't find any statements. So who in Iraq declared support for Hamas, and in what terms?
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What is special in the relations between Bhutan and Switzerland?

The requirements to get a Bhutan visa include (...) nationals of Switzerland and Thailand who hold diplomatic or government-official passports, are also eligible for a visa on arrival at their port ...
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Who choreographs meetings between China and the United States?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avebny5UeB8 Who choreographs meetings between China and the United States? CNBC claimed in the video above that the whole meeting was choreographed, but by whom and how?...
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Do negotiations, especially concerning humanitarian concerns, ever include third party "witnesses"?

According to Netanyahu, Hamas refused an offer of fuel for the hospital. Hamas on the other hand claims Gazans don't have fuel for hospitals. Netanyahu: Hamas refused Israeli fuel offer for Gaza's ...
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Why have more countries cut the diplomatic ties with Israel than with Russia?

Many countries (Bahrain, Jordan, Turkey, Bolivia, Chile and Colombia, Honduras, maybe others) have recalled their ambassadors from Israel. I cannot find any country that has recalled their ambassador ...
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Meaning of "Israel has right to defend itself"

Every time the Israel-Palestine conflict flares up, the US reaffirms that "Israel has right to defend itself" (examples in 2003, 2009, 2023). Literally, this seems trivial: Israel has right ...
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Where does Hungary stand in EU politics?

From the last two years, it seems Orban is navigating closer and closer to Russia, and Hungary's relations with the EU are strained, to say the least. It seems there is a disagreement in many areas, ...
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What is Russia's exact position on the Turkish presence in Northern Syria?

Russia has hosted various talks between Syria and Turkey (at lower levels--their heads of state refuse to meet) in attempt to mitigate or solve the issue of the presence of Turkish troops in Syria, ...
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What positions exactly did the recently expelled Canadian staff expelled from India hold?

There have been a lot of rather vague claims about this, e.g. that India revoked "diplomatic immunity" of 41 Canadians, starting from a certain date, resulting in Canada withdrawing said ...
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What is the practical implication of condemnations?

Often, countries "condemn" actions done by other countries, but do not do anything else about it. Is there any practical implications to such condemnations? If so, what are they? If not, ...
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Which Vienna Convention agreement was India expected to break?

[Credits for the articles (a law.se post): What is the legal way to expel diplomats from a country under the Vienna convention? ] A diplomatic spat is ongoing between India and Canada. India sought ...
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Why is the US not attending the Cairo summit?

There's apparently a summit organized in Egypt, where the UN chief spoke and: The meeting, called the Summit for Peace, also included officials from Jordan, Qatar, Italy, Spain, the EU and UK. Israel,...
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Has the US president been uninvited to an international event before?

Is it unprecedented for the US president to be uninvited to an international event like President Biden was on October 17 this year (his summit with Arab countries was canceled at very short notice, ...
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Did Gaddafi's choice to have a plain green flag for Libya result in any political consequences?

From 1977-2011, as every kid who ever looked at the flag page in those old dictionaries could tell you, Libya's official flag was a plain green field. My question is whether this unusual design had ...
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Why did Biden announce his visit to Israel in advance?

For context, high officials usually do not announce their state visits to conflict areas way in advance publicly due to security reasons. When Biden visited Ukraine, the visit was kept secret until ...
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Did Iran retaliate against Sweden in any way after the latter designated IRGC as terrorists?

According to Wikipedia, in Europe only one country designates the IRGC as terrorist: Sweden since May 2023. When the US declared the IRGC terrorists in 2019, Iran retaliated symbolically by declaring ...
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Did some UNGA resolutions recognize Crimea as independent or part of Russia? Or Kosovo as part of Serbia, to this day?

Russia has accused "the West" of double standards with respect to secession/self-determination e.g. in 2018 Lavrov said: "Despite numerous resolutions adopted by the UN General ...
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What are the diplomatic challenges and advantages associated with a state receiving de jure recognition compared to de facto recognition?

Voted against UN Partition Plan and voted against admission of Israel to membership of UN. Iranian government refrained from recognizing Israel de jure despite de facto recognition.[106] Relations ...
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Is there a country (apart from Israel) where all of its land neighboring countries consider it an enemy?

Are there any other instances in the world where a country is in a situation similar to Israel, where all its land neighboring countries consider it an enemy? While Israel does have peace treaties ...
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