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How much progress has Israel made in eliminating (or capturing) Hamas' leadership by the end of January 2024?

Similarly to what the US did in Iraq, Israel issued a "pack of cards" with the Hamas leaders they intend eliminated (or captured). At the beginning of December, 10 had already been checked ...
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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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Are there really any "...world leaders who have no other diplomatic channel to speak to one another..." besides Twitter?

At about 03:58 in NBC News' New Wave Of Resignations Hit Twitter After Musk's Ultimatum For Employees, NBC technology correspondent Jake Ward says the following about current events in Twitter and ...
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Does Keir Starmer fire more staff and colleagues than other political leaders?

Keir Starmer has, from some, a reputation of being trigger happy with dissenters from within his party and firing those who don't agree with him. From what I can find, he is only responsible for the ...
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Is it a criminal offence to vote more than once in a UK party leadership election?

Ballots for the election of the leader of the UK Conservative Party have the following statement: It is an offence to vote more than once. Any member who attempts to do so will have their membership ...
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How do political leaders decide what to do next in a crisis? [closed]

At present, politicians both in "the West" and in Russia may well be under the most extreme pressure of their entire careers. How do they all keep cool heads, and reach decisions about what ...
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Is telling lies a part and parcel of politics?

I see that politicians lie a lot. And, very often they lie consciously. This is not only true in my country, but also true all around the world. Is telling lies a part and parcel of politics? Is it ...
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What are general benefits and disadvantages for political leaders to be honest with their people?

This is quite a broad question since obviously there are many different political systems and ways of governing around the world. But I would like to boil it down to some standard concepts of ...
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Why do news articles often refer to the leader as opposed to the country?

Some examples: Philippines' Duterte would send navy ships in South China Sea to assert claim over resources Putin's Answer to U.S. Sanctions Is More Economic Isolation Boris Johnson poised to raise ...
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If the goal of communism is a stateless society, then why do we refer to authoritarian governments such as China as communist?

The actions taken by these governments seem to be more fascist than communist. The term communism is used to describe so many contradicting policies and it is very confusing.
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Why are regimes much harsher on mere civilians than their famous leaders?

Looking at events in places like Belarus, the Russian Empire, and modern Russia, it seems like there is more cruelty to mere civilians that to their leaders when those leaders are captured. The Tsar ...
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Why did the FvD board opt for suspending former leader Baudet, rather than letting him run in a board approved leadership election?

Over the past few days, the Dutch party Forum voor Democratie (FvD) has been in the news a lot. Thierry Baudet's Dutch Wikipedia page describes the events of the past few days as follows: Op 23 ...
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Why didn't Fumio Kishida and Shigeru Ishiba give up in the LDP leadership election?

Most of candidates was declined, like Tarō Asō and Tomomi Inada. Why Kishida and Ishiba wasn't declined? It is because of the rule of Liberal-Democratic Party, or other candidates gave up?
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Why don't national leaders wear their national costume more often?

Example: the national costume of Malaysia for men is the Baju Melayu. The current Malaysian Prime Minister is Muhyiddin Yassin. Googling for images of him, we find lots of photos of him in a suit and ...
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Have any UK party leaders other than Sir Ed Davey been elected after previously losing a leadership contest?

Today, August 27th, Sir Ed Davey triumphed over competitors to become the leader of the Liberal Democrats after the position was vacated by Jo Swinson due to her failure to retain her Westminster seat ...
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Has a former UK party leader ever been expelled from their own party?

According to unverified claims from a Jewish Telegraph journalist on Twitter in July, Jeremy Corbyn, former leader of the Labour Party, faces having the whip withdrawn by the new Labour leadership, ...
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Are liberal democracies better equipped to deal with plagues? [closed]

So anecdotally it appears to me that Liberal Democratic countries/Governments are dealing well with the current pandemic. Looking at the numbers (R0, deaths etc), New Zealand, Norway and Germany, ...
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How can I find case studies of harsh reactions of conservative forces in response to sweeping reforms?

I am working on New Institutional economists' theories (in particular those of North, Khan and Weingast) and I am looking for case studies of reformers miscalculating their powers and being the ...
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Can a private attempt of killing a foreign country's leader be called terrorism?

For example, suppose some unofficial people from country A, who are not related to government or official structures at all, arm some people and pay them to go and kill the leader of country B. Can ...
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What is the difference between leadership and statesmanship?

Is there any difference between leadership and statesmanship? The terms are sometimes used interchangeably. And sometimes a significant difference is also observed. Please cite a few examples if ...
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Has the effect of crises on leaders' approval ratings been researched?

In the last few weeks, the leaders of practically every country I've looked at have seen their approval ratings improve significantly. An obvious conclusion to draw is that this is due to the COVID-19 ...
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Why does US tend to have rather old leaders (> 60) while more and more European countries have young ones (<40)?

This questions deals with the age of presidential candidates in US. The most upvoted answer argues that: The main reason is simply that president of the US is the very top position that can be ...
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Is there an European precedent for all coalition in power parties being led by women + female PM?

Not sure if this is more fit on History, but Finland politics offered an interesting situation - all coalition parties are led by women: Social Democratic Party - Sanna Marin Centre Party - Katri ...
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What are the perceived benefits of letting public party members vote directly for the party leader?

In Australia we vote for local members who are usually representatives of a political party, and the elected candidates then become Members of Parliament (MPs) who choose their party leader, usually ...
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Is a low popularity of a political party leader typically used as a reason for asking to resign within Western democracies?

Recently, the main Romanian party in power had another internal issue when some important persons asked its leader to resign via an open letter: Top politicians in Romania’s ruling Social Democrats ...
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What is the significance of the people standing behind the speaker?

I've always wondered about why there sometimes a crowd is visible behind a public speaker such as a politician. It seems to be a predominantly American thing, especially noticeable during campaign ...
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Why are the G20 summit protests in Hamburg so violent?

Compared to other G20 summits in the past the protests in Hamburg, Germany seem quite violent to me. There were similar occassions of violent protests, such as at the 27th G8 (2001) at Genua, at the ...
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What is the continuity of Government chain of succession for the People's Republic of China?

Many countries have protocols in place which determine who the successor to the leadership of that country will be in the event that one or more of the leaders or their successors die. What is the ...
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What is the Russian Government's continuity of government chain of succession?

Many countries have protocols in place which determine who the successor to the leadership of that country will be in the event that one or more of the leaders or their successors die. What is Russia'...
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What instances are there of a sovereign adopting a successor? [closed]

I was brushing up on the Roman Empire discovered that many of the emperors' successors were adopted. I am wondering if this was frequent throughout history in other areas of the world and if there ...
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Who would be elected Prime Minister if the winning party was "Independent"?

I know this is highly unlikely, bordering on impossible, but what would happen if the majority of seats were won by independent candidates in a general election? Would the independents simply choose ...
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Why do the leaders of UK political parties need a seat in parliament?

At the last election, UK centrist party the Liberal Democrats were reduced from around 50 to 8 MPs. After this catastrophe, their leader resigned, forcing a leadership contest. Two of the party's 8 ...
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What is this blue badge that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe likes to wear?

After seeing a picture on Donald Trump's Twitter featuring Shinzo Abe and then visiting the Wikipedia page about Shinzo Abe, I noticed in the two pictures he's wearing the same two badges on his suit ...
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Why was the Burj Khalifa lit up in the colors of the Indian Flag on India Republic Day

I want to know the political reason why was it done so? Indians, especially the government in power, follow Hindu ideology. Why would a Muslim country do that? Does it have anything to do with the ...
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How do "first spouses" work in European parliamentary systems?

Up to now, the wives of American Presidents have been known as First Ladies, although if Mrs. Clinton wins in November, a certain former President will be the "First Gentleman." But European ...
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Do European Parliamentary leaders have greater standing in their own parties than American Presidential candidates?

Donald Trump is the Republican Presidential candidate in the U.S., but he is not the head of the Republican Party (Paul Ryan is). And if he loses the election, he will (presumably) go off into the ...
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How much more likely are professed political party supporters to support a position taken by that party?

I was wondering if there has been any research conducted on this issue. That is, all other things being equal how much more likely is a professed supporter of a political party or politician to ...
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What do world leaders normally do once they quit the top job? [closed]

If you have reached the pinnacle of your political career - leader of your country - what do you normally do afterwards... I can imagine this could vary from political king-maker to diplomat to ...
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