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How did India and Pakistan avoid war when India accidentally launched a missile at Pakistan?

India claims that on March 9, 2022, it accidentally launched a missile at its neighbor and frequent adversary Pakistan. The two countries: have fought three wars and have engaged in numerous military ...
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What will happen to the sanctions against Russia if it succeeds in conquering Ukraine? [duplicate]

I am wondering what will happen to all the sanctions against Russia if it succeeds in conquering Ukraine. As far as I understand it, the purpose of the sanctions against Russia, at this point in time, ...
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Why is Taiwan strategically important to United States (besides being dominant in the semiconductor manufacturing)?

Based on Taiwan Relations Act, U.S. will help Taiwan defend itself. One important reason that Taiwan is strategically important to United States is that it has a very strong semiconductor industry. ...
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How can a country guarantee to not join an organization or alliance?

If a country wants to join an international organization or alliance, and that organization wants that country to join, then they're in as soon as they signed the papers or whatever ratifies that. But ...
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Is Bank for International Settlements (BIS) still providing financial services to Afghanistan?

After the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan in August 2021, most of the major central banks such as the Fed, Bank of England, and Bundesbank froze FX reserves of the Afghan central bank (DAB). As of ...
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How can Putin save face?

Former MI6 Chief, Sir Robert John Sawers, says we need to be a little bit careful about how we do that, we must leave Putin a way out And Yuval Noah Harari says: Nobody could say for sure how the ...
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Joint letters by foreign diplomats to Pakistan

Foreign envoys urge Pakistan to condemn Russian invasion of Ukraine during the emergency UNGA session Some foreign diplomats put out a joint letter to the Pakistani government so that Pakistan ...
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Was negotiating with Russia regarding Ukraine's NATO membership such a bad idea? [closed]

Russia's declared critical issue for its invasion of Ukraine is NATO membership. One week before Russia's invasion of Ukraine the US administration declined to put Ukraine's membership in NATO on the ...
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What are Putin's escalation options / demands that don't involve using nukes? [closed]

Not sure if this is a legit question for SE, but here goes. Despite the loss of innocent lives & damage to infrastructure, Putin is not doing great in Ukraine. The sanctions mount as the Russian ...
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Which countries have openly supported the Russian invasion of Ukraine?

I know a number of (big) countries like China and India are "fence sitting" by neither condemning the attack nor endorsing. But besides Belarus, which I'm pretty sure endorsed with words too ...
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Why does China want to militarily dominate Asia?

It's taken as an axiom that China wants America out of Asia. No American ships in the Western Pacific, no US military bases in Japan or South Korea, etc. Chinese-friendly governments everywhere. I can ...
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How did Iran mitigate the effect of the SWIFT sanctions on them?

It seems to me although Iran faced hash sanctions with SWIFT ban in 2012 and again in 2018, their GDP took a hit and dropped for two years and but rebounded again (even through Covid). From the chart ...
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Why many sanctions aren't imposed together with sanctions-lifting conditions?

As much as a threat of sanctions serves as a deterrent of wrongdoings, a conditional promise (in any form, can be either in a form of law or just not-formal public announcement) of revoking them when ...
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How can India reconcile with the new reality as to the relationship with Russian Federation?

Over the last few years, India has been getting closer with the US camp while also maintaining a relationship with Russia as to arms trade. According to a US report, India has been the largest ...
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What is meant by a "personal sanction"?

I understand the economic sanctions, but what is meant by "personally sanctioning" another nation's president? I see many news outlets mentioning this but never explaining what it entails, e....
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Can political science gauge quantitatively the strength of US global leadership?

From my perspective, the headline coverage of the direction of the US on the global stage is mostly pessimistic. But I want to see if that is actually justified. I concede it's not an easy undertaking,...
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In what ways will the Russian-Ukraine war benefit/harm the United States?

At the beginning of the Russia-Ukraine war this year (2022), I have seen rumors on Twitter saying that the United States could actually benefit from Russia's possible invasion into Ukraine. For ...
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What are the potential strategic/economic gains of China for taking over Taiwan (with military invasion or not)?

My question is not about the net gain that China could have for occupying Taiwan. I understand with military invasion, China has to undertake huge financial and human resources cost, suffering from ...
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Why did Uganda waive its counterclaim against the DRC?

Since 1999, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has been pursuing a case in the International Court of Justice against Uganda for "acts of armed aggression committed ... in flagrant breach ...
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What is the motivation for the expansion of NATO in Eastern Europe, including Ukraine, at the risk of starting a hot war with Russia?

My understanding is that due to its overall economic conditions today, Russia, a country much weaker than Soviet Union, does not have enough military power to defeat NATO in a hot war without invoking ...
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Why doesn't democracy show its strengths in large developing countries like BRICS?

I compared the democracy indexes of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) plus Turkey (although UN would classify Russian and Turkey into developed countries, in my opinion, they are ...
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Apart from RT DE, are any other German language state-funded broadcasters active in Germany?

Germany has banned RT DE (the German language edition of the international Russian state-funded broadcaster formerly knows as Russia Today). The official reason is that RT has no permit (and has not ...
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Why does Germany ban RT but not France24 or Voice of America?

Germany has banned RT, apparently because it is considered to be not independent of the Russian government (Die Medienkommission sieht die Staatsferne nicht gewährleistet), which funds it directly. ...
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If a NATO member annexes territory of a non-NATO state, would its NATO membership be revoked?

Imagine for a moment that Poland annexes Ukraine. For simplicity let's assume that: Poland annexes only those parts of Ukraine which are not under the control of Russia or Russian proxies (i.e. ...
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Does putting up a border wall require consent of both neighbours?

The land on the borderline would technically belong to both neighboring countries as each one's territory ends there. So in the case of one country deciding to build a wall, would that country build ...
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Is there any formal mathematical analysis of democratic peace theory? [closed]

The democratic peace theory postulates that democracies are less likely to go to war, or at least less likely to go to war with other democracies. (See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
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How do the liberal side of international relations theorists model people’s well-being?

I’m only referring to the liberal side of international relations theory, not the realist side. In their formal theories (to the extent that they write mathematically formal theories), how do they ...
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What's the purpose of sending diplomats to the Olympic games?

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/africa-decision-not-boycott-beijing-093000132.html African countries have ignored Washington's call for a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics, instead ...
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Why doesn't Russia join NATO and what would happen if it tried?

So, I'm likely demonstrating my own stupidity here, but I'm wondering what I'm missing. Russia claims that it's afraid of NATO and feels like it might attack it. So... what if it joined NATO? I know, ...
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Does North Korea get permission to test-fly weapons over China and Russia?

The CNN video Experts on what North Korea's series of missile tests may mean summarizes several tests of different "flying objects" including (apparently) two hypersonic missiles or at least ...
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In which areas has national autonomy become weaker, and to what extent and in which areas has national autonomy become stronger? (Sovereign States)

For more than a decade some academics and political actors have been declaring that the sovereign state is just about dead. The reality is that the states are still here and it doesn’t seem that they ...
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What is the difference between non-alignment and neutrality?

Very few documents online work on the difference. Non-Alignment (and the related history of Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) during the Cold War) seems to refer to countries that will not join alliances or ...
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To what extent is the Paris agreement legally binding? [duplicate]

In the UNFCCC site the Paris agreement is defined as a legally binding international treaty on climate change. Its goal is to limit global warming below +2°C through nationally determined ...
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Even if by accident, is the act of military men showing up in a foreign country in full uniform considered an invasion?

I came upon this (humorous) video where there are presented several incidents of the Swiss army accidentally marching into Liechtenstein due to bad map awareness and orientation. In the video they are ...
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How many countries have recognized Taiwan as a sovereign nation?

Today, only 14 countries recognize Taiwan. What's the maximum number of countries that recognized Taiwan at any given time?
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Who exactly is not going to the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games because of political boycotts?

Various countries are reporting political boycotts of the upcoming Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, but it's not clear to me who will not go to the Olympics as a result. Due to COVID-19, there are strong ...
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Of the 111(+?) invitees to the Biden administration's Summit on Democracy, did any country decline or refuse to participate? If so, any reasons given?

This answer to Did the Biden administration have a working definition of democracy when it chose which countries to invite to its "democracy summit"? cites US government officials and ...
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What are some political subsets of the EU?

Somebody mentioned a Franco-Italian cooperation in the EU. I know that alliances like the Visegrád Group and the Three Seas Initiative are already around. Are there any other political cooperations ...
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Can countries use cross-border rivers to pressure neighbouring countries?

For example, can Sudan block/divert the Nile to exert political pressure on Egypt? (The Nile is a major river that flows through Sudan into Egypt.) I can't find any results via Google on this. The ...
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Is there a cost for a country to explicitly recognize another commonly recognized country without political disagreement?

Wikipedia mentions 12 UN members not yet explicitly recognizing Montenegro, and 7 UN members not having diplomatic relationship with Croatia. At first, I thought this is something about Montenegro and ...
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Why don't climate change agreements self-terminate if participants fail to meet their commitments?

The Paris Agreement had a clause where it only comes to force if enough countries ratify it: The Paris Agreement entered into force on 4 November 2016, thirty days after the date on which at least 55 ...
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Is India able to annex full or part of Bangladesh? [closed]

According to some Indian politicians, India should invade Bangladesh. India should invade Bangladesh if the torture of Hindus does not stop West Bengal BJP leader urges Narendra Modi to take steps to ...
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How did United Kingdom responsibility for the defence of the British Channel Islands originate?

The government of the United Kingdom is responsible for the defence of, and foreign relations of, the Channel Islands - i.e. the Bailiwicks of Guernsey and Jersey. How did this arrangement come about? ...
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What do those Iranians who say "Death to America!" mean by it?

I was watching an old Anthony Bourdain show and I saw local Iranians in Tehran chanting "Death to America!" and then in the next scene saying "We need one day to be friends". Do ...
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On what basis can a 3rd country legally forbid a foreigner from leaving the country if there is no accusation of crime? [duplicate]

My girlfriend, who is a Russian citizen and resident in Poland, was traveling through Belarus in order to return to Poland. However she was not allowed to leave Belarus when trying to cross the border ...
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How did Turkish media change their tune on al-Sisi (allegedly) in lockstep with the new Turkish foreign policy on Egypt?

It's fairly well known that government/AKP-aligned actors have taken an increased share of control of Turkish media, be it directly through acquisitions or through advertisement revenue. I'm curious ...
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How did Meng Wanzhou become free to go back to China?

Recently, some Chinese people and media are celebrating the success of Meng Wanzhou, the CFO of Huawei. On 1 December 2018, while transferring planes at Vancouver International Airport en route to ...
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To what extent has the Pegasus spyware been used by Israeli covert services?

The Wikipedia article on the Pegasus spyware, which had been developed in Israel, details a number of governments - such as Bahrain, Morocco, Saudi Arabia as well as a Mexican drug cartel that have ...
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Was there another time where a Western country recalled its diplomats from the U.S.?

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-09-17/france-recalls-u-s-australian-ambassadors-over-submarine-row France recalled its ambassadors to the U.S. and Australia in a diplomatic slap intended ...
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Why would the U.S. exclude Europe from the new Indo-Pacific security alliance?

According to the South China Morning Post The new Aukus security alliance formed by the United States, Britain and Australia has left France frustrated at being left out, prompting concerns over the ...
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