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What are the steps to become an independent country once independence has been declared?

In How to Become a Country in 3 Easy Steps they mention: Step 1 Declare independence Step 2 Gain recognition Step 3 Join the United Nations Foreign Policy has a similar article How to Start Your ...
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Why has the United States not signed and ratified the International Criminal Court?

The International Criminal Court (ICC) treaty has been signed by 121 countries. A number of countries are not parties; China, Russia, United States. From the countries that are not parties to the ICC, ...
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Non-subjective definition of “terrorist”, or widely used equivalent term?

Philipp comments: ...We all know that one side's terrorists are another side's freedom fighters... Suppose big Country X provides arms to little Country y's native "freedom fighters", who do ...
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Is China considered to be democratic

Does China's government consider itself to be democratic? Does the United States of America have an official stance on whether China is democratic or not? If so, what is it? Does the UN have an ...
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How are conflicts between constitutional and treaty obligations resolved?

The present Constitution of Bolivia, which came into effect on the 7th of February 2009, has this to say about coca (an English translation follows the original Spanish): Artículo 384. El Estado ...
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Why have no US government officials been charged under the Geneva convention?

US and NATO have been big advocates for human rights and international law around the globe. I'm only focusing on Iraq and current military missions in the Middle East and violations of the Geneva ...
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Why didn't Canada leave the UN conventions on illicit drugs before legalizing marijuana?

According to this article, Canada would be breaking at least three UN treaties once it legalized marijuana in October. But why didn't the Canadian government just leave the treaties beforehand? It ...
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When is a country recognized as a sovereign state?

In past years we have heard a lot about statehood of Palestine, and that got me wondering when a state actually becomes recognized. If you look at the Wikipedia entry for the State of Palestine it ...
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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 is the legal background for Russia's seat as a Permanent Member of UNSC?

At the UN's founding in 1945, the Soviet Union became one of the five permanent members of the Security Council. When in December 1991, the Soviet Union collapsed, the Russia was arguably recognized ...
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Why is there no call for Hamas to protect and reduce civilian casualties?

In a recent report in the Washington Post, the article indicates that the UN is placing the entire onus of reducing civilian casualties in its war with Hamas on Israel. In Washington, the Pentagon ...
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Who and on what basis determines how much US pays for UN?

US pays 22% of UN's total budget and 28.5% of peacekeeping budget. Who; and on what basis, determines those figures? I'd prefer precise rules if they exist, over general principles like "US has ...
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Why is Israel refusing to let the International Atomic Energy Agency inspect their facilities?

For years Israel has refused opening their nuclear facilities to IAEA inspection and Israel signing the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. 45 member states, including Turkey, Russia, China and Iran, ...
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Who decides on state names in foreign languages?

The questions really is just that: who decides what a state or country is called in foreign languages? As an example, the official title of Germany is "Bundesrepublik Deutschland" which is usually ...
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What stops any nation/country from leaving the UN?

Reading on the topic a little and I have learned that there is no provision in the United Nations for a member state to leave. Indonesia supposedly left the UN back in 1965, and a year later it was ...
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Why will the US veto Iran's Sukhoi 30 purchase?

Why does the US say it will use its veto power in the United Nation's Security Council to block Iran from buying Sukhoi 30 fighters although it wasn't mentioned in Iran's nuclear deals.
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Is there bias against Israel at the UN and mainstream media?

According to UN Watch: "UN committees, annual UN resolutions, an entire UN bureaucratic division, permanent UN exhibits in New York and Geneva headquarters -- all dedicated to a relentless and ...
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Was any UN Security Council vote triple-vetoed?

It's reasonably well known that some UN Security Council resolutions were vetoed by two permanent members. Recent examples include Russia and China jointly vetoing resolutions on Syria and on ...
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Which country benefited the most from UN Security Council vetoes?

By benefited I mean avoided any sort of a negative decisions that could have been made by the UN Security Council if a big power didn't use the veto, such as being condemned, criticized, sanctioned, ...
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How did the extended UNHCR definition of refugee come about?

According to Wikipedia: As of 2011, the UNHCR itself, in addition to the 1951 definition, recognizes persons as refugees: "who are outside their country of nationality or habitual ...
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Full List of Countries participating in the UN COP 21 in Paris

Does anyone have a full list of countries who took part in the UN Climate Change Conference? I know that it where about 150. Would find it interesting who exactly where involved. On top about 200 ...
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What is the relation between “recognition” and “legality” of a country"?

There are recognized countries that are members of UN. There are recognized countries that are not members of UN. There are legal countries that are not widely recognized. So, what is the relation ...
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Do sanctions really serve their purpose?

Does economic sanctions on a country serve any purpose at all other than make the ordinary citizens suffer? Most of the times sanctions are placed on a country which is either not democratic or less ...
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Has the US government adopted the extended UNHCR definition of refugee?

According to Wikipedia: As of 2011, the UNHCR itself, in addition to the 1951 definition, recognizes persons as refugees: "who are outside their country of nationality or habitual ...
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Could a large nation leave and be successful outside of the UN?

If a significant world power such as the US or Britain left the UN, what repercussions would it have and could the country still function? What impacts would it have on trade, laws, relations etc? PS:...
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Can a UN member be penalized for threatening the destruction of another member?

Suppose a UN member state threatens complete destruction of another member state - not even an invasion, but complete destruction. This is clearly in violation of the UN's goals and charter - the ...
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Why there is no genuine attempts to reform the number of permanent members in UNSC which will include India if taken?

As we are all aware, India, Japan and other countries those who are potentially eligible for permanent members in UNSC being denied to become so in spite of their active participation. Though India ...