Questions tagged [international-relations]

Questions about 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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On what basis do presidential aircraft flying over enjoy immunity and inviolability?

Main question In the aftermath of the Evo Morales grounding incident there was some international outcry. According to Wikipedia: In the aftermath of the incident, seven Latin American countries – ...
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Are there any treaties that offer diplomatic protection for heads of state on 'surprise visits'?

Normally, diplomatic immunity is covered by the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations. The way that treaty is phrased it's about bilateral relations, for example by referring explicitly to '...
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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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Is there a rating of countries by cyberattacks amount being launched?

At recent Geneva summit press-conference, Biden noted: I talked about the proposition that certain critical infrastructure should be off-limits to attack, period, by cyber or any other means," ...
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Is there any list of US actions taken in efforts to stop Nord Stream 2?

Long story short, it was announced at the beginning of June that Nord Stream 2 is ready to start pumping gas. The US has tried to stop its construction since 2017. Is there a list of the US laws/...
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Is the US administration obligated in any way to follow previous international agreements?

Let's consider the Paris climate agreement: Trump administration led the US to exit it Biden administration led the US back to following it Or the Iran nuclear deal: Obama administration was one of ...
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Why is the European Peace Facility considered risky?

Recently, I've read a Guardian article, describing the risks of the European Peace Facility: Despite its name, the European peace facility, worth €5bn over the next seven years, will allow the EU to ...
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Why aren't countries ignoring COVID-19 patents and are instead waiting for a patent waiver?

Why aren't countries ignoring COVID-19 patents and are instead waiting for a patent waiver? There's already advanced discussions about a patent waiver for vaccines, so why aren't countries just ...
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Can a country require all of its foreign diplomats to get vaccinated? [closed]

Can a country require all of its foreign diplomats to get vaccinated? And is there a mechanism that insures this is done properly for both parties?
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Is there any reason why Biden might not want to rejoin the TPP?

Biden has shrunk from making the case from rejoin the TPP after Trump left the TPP. Might there be any reason why Biden hasn't immediately taken the measures to rejoin it? The TPP was seen as a way to ...
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Why does the US need to spy on its allies?

Recently, I've read about the NSA spying on European leaders - Angela Merkel in particular. But this is highly unusual for me. I can understand the US spying on its opponents. But European countries ...
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Why didn't Japan call for the ICJ to settle the dispute over the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands?

Why didn't Japan call for the ICJ to settle the dispute over the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands? I am asking this question, because Japan took it's ongoing dispute with South Korea over the Dokdo islands to ...
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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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Why won't the U.S. recognize Taiwan as a country? [duplicate]

Why won't the U.S., and the U.S. specifically, recognize Taiwan as a country? The U.S. is providing military aid to Taiwan, which angers China and provides political support for its inclusion on many ...
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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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Has the Biden administration detailed what violations of the Open Skies treaties it accuses Russia of?

A somewhat difficult to parse news piece: "The United States regrets that the Treaty on Open Skies has been undermined by Russia's violations," the state department said on Thursday. "...
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Why is the U.S. turning a blind eye to Israel's nukes?

SEOUL — South Korea can now develop ballistic missiles capable of reaching targets far beyond the Korean Peninsula, following the United States’ approval to lift a 42-year-old restriction on its ally’...
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On what steps from ecology plan have Joe Biden's administration already made progress?

Ecology was one of the main points of Joe Biden's election campaign: Ensure the U.S. achieves a 100% clean energy economy and reaches net-zero emissions no later than 2050 Build a stronger, more ...
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Precedents of forced plane landing? [duplicate]

Recently, Belarus is being accused for forcing a passenger liner to land, for arresting one of its passengers. Were there any such precedents before?
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How could Belarus know that a dissident was travelling on a plane not bound to their territory?

Belarus has been accused of using a fake bomb scare to divert a Ryanair plane in order to capture a wanted person on board. I am aware that the lists of plane passengers are shared between security ...
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Why isn't the TRIMs agreement renegotiated so that large countries such as India and China are no longer considered to be developing countries?

Why isn't the Agreement on Trade-Related Investment Measures (TRIMs) renegotiated so that large countries such as India and China are no longer considered to be developing countries? European ...
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What countries are calling for a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas?

Because of the ongoing hostilities between Israel and Hamas, multiple countries have said they are interested in making a peace treaty. What countries have called for the hostilities to stop? To ...
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Do governments want customs duties or not?

I'm a bit confused why customs duties exist. Like, when Brexit happened it was assumed by default by everyone that customs duties would be imposed by all trade happening to/from UK. There was no ...
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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 benefits does the average citizen gain from the US being “number one?” [closed]

It's often said by politicians on the left and right that America needs to be on top of the world order, and that the rise of China is an existential threat to the American position atop the world ...
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What is the dispute resolution authority between London and Brussels now?

Whatever terms two parties agreed on, the deal is dead in the water unless there's an independent body that determines whether a party violated the agreement or not. Otherwise, the deal will function ...
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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 does India not being a member to the 1951 Refugee Convention mean?

What does India not being a party to the protocol mean in the context of legal documents pertaining to refugee protection. A slightly detailed insight to this is most welcome. https://www.unhcr.org/...
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How is it possible to travel to countries that don't recognize the issuing country of one's passport?

Sort of a follow-up question to one of my previous questions. The idea is that the UK does not recognize the Islamic State as a country, therefore they cannot just revoke Shamina Begum's citizenship ...
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Why won't China allow an independent investigation on the origin of COVID-19? [closed]

Why won't China allow an independent investigation on the origin of COVID-19? https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-who-statement/u-s-13-countries-concerned-who-covid-19-origin-study-...
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Is there anything like Schengen area anywhere else in the world?

Is there anywhere else in the world where people can (legally) cross an international border without any immigration check, like in the Schengen area? (Assuming pre-Covid-19 pandemic situation) If not,...
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Why did the US recognize PRC when it was concerned about the spread of Communism?

Here is mentioned that: In the Joint Communiqué on the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations, dated 1 January 1979, the United States transferred diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing. The US ...
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Why has Pakistan never faced the wrath of the USA similar to other countries in the region, especially Iran?

As far as I understand, the USA's Middle East policy more or less revolves around Israel and its security. The countries which had antagonistic policies toward Israel were either taken out by Israel ...
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Can a country be only de jure sovereign ? (Such as Andorra)

The Principality of Andorra is de jure “a parliamentary co-principality with the president of France and the Catholic bishop of Urgell (Catalonia, Spain) as co-princes.” (From Wikipedia) A visiting ...
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What is the significance of Sec. Pompeo's labeling of China's treatment of the Uighurs as “genocide”?

A couple of recent headlines: Pompeo labels China's treatment of Uighurs 'genocide' - The Hill US accuses China of 'genocide' of Uyghurs in Xinjiang - CNN It seems reasonable to expect that this ...
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Is there any example of multiple countries negotiating as a bloc for buying COVID-19 vaccines, except for EU?

The European Union started negotiations with vaccine producers back in July 2020 and that means that more than 25 countries acted as one for buying the vaccine. This clearly helps the countries with a ...
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Why does the EU-UK trade deal have the 7-bit ASCII table as an appendix?

I just noticed this on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thejsa_/status/1343291595899207681 Fun fact: the EU-UK post Brexit trade deal text includes a copy of the 7-bit ASCII table on page 977, just in ...
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Is the Vimy Ridge Memorial Canadian territory?

The Canadian National Vimy Memorial is a war memorial site in France dedicated to the memory of Canadian Expeditionary Force members killed during the First World War. Suppose I want to open a gift ...
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Why did Imran Khan avoid the most obvious answer? [closed]

Watch the following video from 16:16 : Pakistan's PM: Our economic future is now linked to China The anchor asks the following question: Don't you see that Pakistan itself should understand that ...
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What are the intrinsic consequences of not officially recognising China?

If a country (say Australia) were to officially recognise Taiwan, then it’d have to forgo officially recognising China, because of the One China Policy. What intrinsic consequences would there be for ...
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Are there any contemporary (1990+) examples of appeasement in the diplomatic politics or is this a thing of the past?

I stumbled across the appeasement concept (a diplomatic policy of making political or material concessions to an aggressive power in order to avoid conflict) and noticed that all examples are from a ...
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Has Joe Biden made any promises to revert Trump's US pullouts out of global alliances?

According to this article, Donald Trump has managed to pull out US from a series of international organizations such as Trans-Pacific Partnership, Paris Climate Agreement, UNESCO, Iran nuclear deal, ...
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When the dictators execute the coup and become the head of the country do they pay the international debts of country?

There are so many coups happened in the history, and many of them in 20th century only, and after every coup a single man becomes the main head of the country, often called as dictator. My question is ...
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Why is Donald Trump positively rated in Africa?

From a report, I gained knowledge that Donald Trump is mostly liked in the African Continent in opposition to other regions like the European Continent! I know under Trump that there is a foreign ...
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Future of International Relations [closed]

What will be the difference in our international relations with Europe and Asia if Trump or Biden gets elected? Trump always claims that he is better for the economy, but globally, who would be better ...
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What are China's Interests in the Arctic?

I am aware that the Arctic is full of natural resources and the USA (Alaska), Russia, Canada, Denmark, and Norway have each of their EEZ (Exclusive Economic Zone) according to the United Convention on ...
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How to find information about national export distribution discounting input imports?

I'm interested in the export distribution of the state I live in (specifically, it's Israel, but that's not the main point). Now, there's definitely information about world states' distribution of ...
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Grey Wolves and NATO

''In the late 1970s, former military prosecutor and Turkish Supreme Court Justice Emin Değer documented collaboration between the Grey Wolves, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and Counter-...
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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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How much is the USA dependent on British and French support in international relations?

I know the relationship is mutually beneficial. But, I am trying to understand the depth of relations between the UK-France with the USA. Can the USA function as smoothly as it is functioning in the ...

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