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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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What happens if a party signs a treaty and ratifies it but the other although signing it does not ratify it?

The Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, adopted in 1996 and known as the CTBT, bans all nuclear explosions anywhere in the world, although it has never fully entered into force. It was signed by ...
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Has the downing of a spy airplane ever been a justifying ground for waging war or causing an escalation that might lead to war?

Both the cause of the collision and the assignment of blame were disputed. The U.S. government stated that the Chinese jet bumped the wing of the larger, slower, and less maneuverable EP-3. After ...
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Is Robert Fico on better personal terms with Viktor Orbán than other Slovak political leaders are?

Besides seeing the war in Ukraine in the same way [i.e. the West's fault and not wanting to support Ukraine with arms], what else unites Robert Fico and Viktor Orbán? Are the two on better personal ...
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Why did Spanish nationalists interrupt one-minute silence for the victims of Morocco earthquake?

In this link you will watch a video of Spanish nationalists in Catalonia who interrupted a minute moment of silence that was held for victims of the recent earthquake. What's the reason these Spanish ...
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Why wasn't the China-Japan-South Korea Trilateral Meeting held since 2019?

The 6th trilateral summit was held on 1 November 2015 in Seoul, resuming the summit since 2012 due to a variety of disputes and issues ranging from World War II apologies to territorial disputes among ...
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How popular is Vivek Ramaswamy's idea to compromise with Russia on Ukraine in exchange of Russia's dropping alliance with China?

Vivek Ramaswamy, one of Republican presidential candidates, suggests in his article that China is American main rival and that it is wise to get Russia's neutrality in exchange for compromising on ...
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What does China have to gain from improving its relationship with the Holy See?

Relations between the Holy See and the PRC have been strained over various issues, especially the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) policy of restricting religious activities and the appointment of ...
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Would it make sense for a country to have an embassy for the whole of the EU instead of an embassy in each country?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diplomatic_missions_of_the_European_Union Would it make sense for a country to have an embassy for the whole of the EU instead of an embassy in each country? I was ...
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Following "The top priority now is to stop Lai Ching-te's visit to the United States." did China take any measures to try to do so?

Politico's August 12, 2023 Taiwan’s VP defies Beijing with New York City transit stop includes: Lai, the leading presidential candidate in Taiwan’s upcoming election, is using the Big Apple stop to ...
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"Some 40 countries... on the sidelines of the (Russia v. Ukraine) war were invited to talks... in Saudi Arabia" Who was/wasn't invited? Who declined?

The New York Times' August 5, 2023 Ukraine Starts New Diplomatic Push to Weaken Russia begins: Ukraine made a renewed push this weekend at a gathering in Saudi Arabia to win the support of dozens of ...
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What can the EU do against China's mineral bans?

It appears that the Commission and some trade diplomats want to discuss the problem at the WTO, where the EU could bring a case against China — much as it did when Beijing slapped its export ban on ...
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If Kissinger is not acting as a diplomat in an official capacity, how could it help improve U.S.-China ties?

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/jul/18/henry-kissinger-meets-china-defence-minister-beijing The veteran US diplomat Henry Kissinger has met China’s defence minister in Beijing. According to a ...
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Is it unusual for a host country to inform a foreign politician about sensitive topics to be avoid in their speech?

In a public speech held in Romania, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban mentioned that the Foreign Ministry in Bucharest had given him a list of sensitive topics he should avoid in his public ...
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