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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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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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What are the primary tenets of the liberal international order and what distinguishes that concept from the new world order?

In an article entitled President Donald Trump and the New International Order by Edwin J. Feulner, the founder and former president of The Heritage Foundation, the author states First, my ...
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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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What is the US government's position regarding cyberwar; is a cyber attack considered to be an act of war? [duplicate]

Has it been found legally that a cyber attack on the US is in fact an act of war? Is this established law? The facts on the ground are that DoD has created a Cyber Command, on par w it's CentCom so ...
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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 ...
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What is the importance of Andrew Brunson for the US government?

Andrew Brunson was arrested in 2016 because of being a member of FETÖ, which is an organization responsible* for the coup attempt in Turkey. * This is the consensus in Turkey. In addition, the ...
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Why would Putin or Russia benefit from a weak EU or weak EU countries?

Various (western) commentators and politicians state that "the only one happy with/benefiting from [insert bad scenario here] is Putin/Russia" (I'm not sure which one(s) of the two they mean). ...
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Is there a stated goal in the US “Trade War”?

I'll call it a Trade War, because I don't know that there is a more appropriate phrase. Initially I understood the administration's goal was to stimulate US producers to be more productive, so as to ...
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Has it become more difficult to formally settle international disputes?

From 19th century until soon after WWII, major disputes between the countries would typically see a quick de jure settlement once the hostilities (if any) came to a halt and a certain de facto status ...
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What level of control does Serbia maintain over Kosovo, if any?

Partially recognized states have wide varieties of levels of independence from the states that they declare themselves separate from, ranging from Taiwan having its own armed forces to Palestine not ...
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Why doesn't the Chinese foreign minister speak English?

It seems very strange that a foreign minister to an English-speaking country cannot speak English — when his only (?) job is to interact with and understand foreigners. Why doesn't the Chinese ...
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Has the OPCW submitted its report relevant to the alleged April 7, 2018 chemical weapon attack in Douma to the organisation's member states?

Has the OPCW (Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) submitted its report relevant to the alleged April 7, 2018 chemical weapon attack in Douma to the organisation's member states? If ...
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How did Russia retain the UNSC veto power of the Soviet Union?

I am not sure what the criteria are to be a permanent member of the UN Security Council, but I do wonder how did Russia manage to keep its veto power after the dissolution of the Soviet Union? I ...
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What laws and regulations were violated by John Oliver's critique of Chinese President Xi Jinping?

The Associated Press reports that John Oliver hosted a segment on his show Last Week Tonight in which he criticized Chinese President Xi Jinping. In particular, he said that he looked like Winnie the ...
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What was the premise behind the Bush/Obama administration's “we don't negotiate with terrorists” sentiment?

Many scholars and policymakers state that negotiating with terrorist groups legitimizes them, their goals and their methods. They assert that such negotiations incite violence, weaken democratic ...
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Is there continued movement towards unification of electric power wall socket/plug standards?

As we all know, when traveling abroad we usually have to use electric power socket adapters, since there are several form factors in use in the world, and most are incompatible with each other (i.e. ...
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What reasons do pro-trade politicians use to justify retaliatory tariffs?

The general "neoliberal" position towards trade is that it benefits both sides and low tariffs/subsidies are beneficial. This has been the dominant trend in wealthy nations for the last thirty plus ...
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Can the Iran deal still be salvaged by other western nations without the US? [closed]

Trump withdrew from the Iran deal stating "It was a bad deal. Worst deal in history." France, Germany and the UK have said they "regret" the American decision. The foreign ministry of Russia, ...
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Which countries are allies of Israel? Which countries are enemies of Israel? [closed]

Which countries are allies of Israel? Which countries are enemies of Israel? Which countries recognize Israel and which countries do not recognise Israel?
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What prevents third parties from bypassing an economic sanction?

What measures do governments take to prevent foreign companies from acting as middle men to bypass their trade embargoes/sanctions? Example: Let's say the US makes it illegal to sell cell phones to ...
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How did the United States ''enhanced'' interrogations (waterboarding) not violate Geneva Convention? [duplicate]

During Iraq/Afghanistan war, the Bush administration used what they called "enhanced interrogation" or now referred to waterboarding. Under the Geneva Convention, would these acts of torture be a ...
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Does Congress not have to approve the US withdrawal from the Iran deal?

How is Trump able to withdraw from the Iran deal without Congressional approval?
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What type of agreement is the Iran Nuclear Deal considered to be by non-US countries and how does that affect the agreement as a whole?

Following President Donald Trump's announcement today that he would not recertify the Iran Nuclear Agreement (JCPOA) and was withdrawing the US from the deal, I was interested to learn more about what ...
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What exactly is the difference between theory and metatheory? [closed]

What exactly is the difference between theory and metatheory? It would help if the answers relate to Political Science in general and International Relations in particular. Plus, I would be glad if ...
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Which pairs of countries are currently in a state of war?

I know South Korea and North Korea are still in a state of war. Similarly for Israel and Lebanon. And it seems Russia and Japan are also, technically, in a state of war. The last, if true, is ...
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How does one official know that a foreign country representative is the proper person to discuss some matters?

The Romanian Prime Minister’s visit to Israel triggered a serious political crisis in Romanian political life: Romania's president has slammed the country's prime minister for embarking on a ...
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Do the UN Security Council's policies include any way to pass a resolution when one member vetos?

The U.N. Security Council can pass resolutions which all U.N. member states are required to comply with. 5 of these are permanent members. The permanent members can veto any action of the Security ...
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Could Assange be arrested if the Ecuadorian embassy is evacuated?

A WWII bomb was found in central Berlin yesterday, with the area being evacuated. The evacuation zone included the Indonesian and Uzbek embassies, according to media reports. Do the standard ...
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The Hard Problem of Diplomacy: Why delegate it to Diplomats at all?

Why would a Head of State want to Delegate any strategic/important Foreign Policy Implementation [Negotiation] to a third party instead of conducting it directly and by himself? And if he doesn't have ...
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Why isn't the US a signatory of the Nagoya Protocol?

The Nagoya Protocol (2010; a supplement to the 1992 CBD convention) aims at the implementation of one of the three objectives of the CBD: the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising out of the ...
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What is the procedure behind granting embassy asylum?

What is the procedure behind granting political asylum to people at embassies? (mainly how can people enter an embassy, why don't police arrest them, how do people stay at embassies) Please cite any ...
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Why weren't any sanctions imposed on India for not signing the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons?

Why weren't any sanctions imposed on India for not signing the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons?
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What's the difference between Neorealism and Neoliberalism?

Can someone explain to me the difference between Neorealism and Neoliberalism? What do these two theories have in common and what are their differences? It would be perfect to include a real life ...
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Tax Havens and actions against them

There are so many tax havens across the world. And tax evasion is a serious issue as the working class are forced to pay taxes but the rich escape. International organizations like UN have the power ...