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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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Can there be an UN resolution to remove a country from the UNSC?

Can there be an UN resolution to remove a country from the UNSC? I am wondering if we can vote a country like France or China out of the UNSC. Is there any rule that forbid such a resolution to be ...
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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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Can OFFICIAL cyber operations be considered as an act of agression?

Recently, NY times published an article, describing US cyber-operations against Russia: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/15/us/politics/trump-cyber-russia-grid.html Is this a violation of ...
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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 ...
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Why did the ICC decide not to probe alleged US atrocities in Afghanistan?

Why did the ICC decide not to probe alleged US atrocities in Afghanistan? The ICC said that investigating these alleged US atrocities would not serve the interest of justice. What do they mean by that ...
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Why won't Donald Trump solve its trade grievances through the WTO?

Is there a reason why the U.S. is trying to undermine the WTO and is trying to bypass the WTO to solve its trade grievances with China and other countries? What are the rationales and moral ...
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Can Iran easily restart the heavy-water reactor construction at Arak, after supposedly it filled with concrete?

Under JCPOA Iran was supposed to change the design of the Arak IR-40 research reactor to make it harder to produce (weapons grade) plutonium. Iran announced in 2016 that they filled the core of the ...
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What provisions does JCPOA contain for medical isotopes or their (special) precursors?

Back in 2010-2011 or so, Iran claimed (through president Ahmadinejad) that Iran needed 20% enriched uranium only to produce medical isotopes: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (Through Translator): [...] The ...
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Why do world governments allow North Korea to continue to exist with it's current government? [closed]

I was recently listening to the story of a North Korean defector that was born and raised in internment camp #14. Hearing about the horrendous conditions, the brutal treatment of people, and the ...
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Are there examples of abuses of diplomatic immunity? [closed]

Has there ever been a blatant abuse of diplomatic immunity for a serious crime? I am thinking along the lines of has anyone ever committed a murder, rape, manslaughter, and not been punished by their ...
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Are there some figures for Moldova's economic benefits from their Association Agreement with the EU?

Moldova has an Association Agreement with the EU which includes a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area as well as some ancillary benefits according to Wikipedia the modernisation of Moldova's ...
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Has the pro-Russia president of Moldova taken any concrete steps toward abandoning Moldova's Association Agreement with the EU?

According to Wikipedia: On 1 July 2016, the Association Agreement (AA) between the European Union and the Republic of Moldova fully came into force, following ratification by all 31 signatories. [.....
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Are there any wars in the world not involving terrorism? [closed]

Most wars you hear of today are somehow linked to terrorism and state sponsored terrorism for the sake of some political agenda. Are there still any wars remaining between sovereign states?. If not, ...
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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 calling 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 ...