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How would war with Iran be WW3? [duplicate]

I'm sure you've seen some of the fearmongering online and in the media about escalating tensions with Iran. Some say we're on the brink of a third world war. How is this? How would a war between ...
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Is there a way that Congress could secretly vote on approving a potential war?

The US killed Soleimani without notifying Congress, which a lot of people in Congress are angry about. There are fears this could start a war, which would constitutionally require congressional ...
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Iran threatening to attack Dubai

Hours ago Iran had threatened to attack Dubai, referring to Dubai as "America's leg" because of our U.S. owned oil businesses and shipments there. When Iran threatened to attack U.S. troops or ...
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Why would the USA honour an Iraqi request for its military to leave? [closed]

Reportedly, President Trump has threatened Iraq with sanctions if they expel US troops. I don't understand the threat. It's not like military aggressors ask nicely before invading or occupying other ...
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Why does US confirm conducting strikes such as the one that targeted Qassem Soleimani?

After the recent strike targeting Qassem Soleimani I am wondering why does US performs these attacks so bluntly while nowadays it is quite fashionable to deny involvement. I assume that in order to ...
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Have some concrete/operational definitions been proposed for the term “shadow war”?

Various commentators have said that US and Iran and/or Israel and Iran are engaged in a "shadow war". Have there been works/proposals in political science/theory literature clearly defining this "...
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What is the benefit of engaging in war to the incumbent president/party?

I have a question about the mounting threat of armed conflict between the U.S. and Iran currently. For instance, Donald J. Trump tweeted in 2011: In order to get elected, @BarackObama will start a ...
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Why are the Syria and Iraq wars viewed differently among Democrats?

Currently, the Iraq war seems to be viewed very negatively by the US "establishment" of the Democratic Party—for example, in both the 2016 and 2020 primaries, people have been attacked for past ...
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What is the death toll of war on drugs compared to death toll from drugs?

It is not obvious how successful the war on drugs is, in part because it is not clear what success is. Drugs cause deaths, and the war on drugs causes deaths. One possible metric is how many people ...
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What is the Constitutional precedent for military aid?

Is there any Constitutional precedent for the claim that it is or is not within the rights or duties of the office of the President of the United States or of Congress to grant, to deny, or to suspend ...
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What is the position of the EU on Northern Cyprus?

Northern Cyprus is the part of the island of Cyprus that has been occupied by Turkey since its invasion of Cyprus in 1974. As far as I can tell, the Republic of Northern Cyprus is only recognized by ...
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How can a sovereign state legally annex land belonging to another state?

Is it possible under international law for a country to legally acquire territory belonging to another sovereign country by force? What are the preconditions for this action to be legal? Is it just a ...
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Does the German President's apology for WWII reflect the prevailing views of the people of Germany?

A recent CNN article says: Germany's President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has asked for Poland's forgiveness 80 years after the start of World War II. "I stand before you, those who have survived, ...
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Will a nuclear country use nuclear weapons if attacked by conventional means by another nuclear country?

I am a learner of the Russian language and saw the following statement by a vice-president of the Russian Academy of Geopolitical Problems: Скажу лишь то, что в условиях обычной войны, если на нас ...
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What happens if a country signs mutual defense treaties with several countries who later go to war with each other?

Per title. E.g. right now the US has a mutual defense treaty with the Philippines and also with South Korea. If the Philippines and Korea go to war with each other, who is the US obligated to help? I ...
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How many Europeans have died fighting for the YPG & YPJ?

According to a March 2018 UK press report, 8 UK citizens (7 men and one woman) have died fighting as volunteers in/alongside the YPG or YPJ. Are there any similar broader statistics for Europe? We ...
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Has Pence essentially granted Kurdish Syrian territory to Turkey, subject to Russian approval?

The Guardian reports Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters would pull back from Turkey’s proposed 20-mile (32km) deep “safe zone” on its border, Pence told reporters in Ankara on Thursday evening ...
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Did any anti-war politicians commend Trump for removing US troops from Syria?

On the one hand, Trump's removal of troops from Syria signified the end of Kurdish independency as they were forced to officially rejoin Assad's regime to protect themselves from a Turkish invasion. ...
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Does the M4 highway in Syria reside entirely in the initially announced Turkish “safe zone”?

According to CNN, Turkey and its proxies having cut off the M4 highway, which runs roughly in the east-west direction along the northern border (but in the Kobane-Aynisa sector it's more like ...
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Has Russia said anything about helping Syria fight Turkey, now that the SDF has allowed Assad's army to move north?

Apparently the Kurds have struck a deal with Assad's government. The Kurdish-led administration in northern Syria said the Syrian army would deploy along the entire length of the border as part of ...
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Why are there never-ending wars in the Middle East?

War seems to be a normal daily routine in the Middle East, the war in Iraq, Syria... Why are these countries not normal? Or is it due to external powers keeping those countries at constant wars in ...
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Why is Turkey attacking the Kurds in Syria?

Recently, I heard that Turkey has launched strikes against Syrian Kurds. According to Reuters: ISTANBUL/ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey pressed its military offensive against U.S.-allied Kurdish fighters ...
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What is President Trump's first public reaction to Turkey's invasion into Northern Syria against his stark warning?

Hours ago, Turkey started an offensive into North Eastern Syria: ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey and its Syrian rebel allies have launched their military operation into northeastern Syria, President ...
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Can a country avoid prosecution for crimes against humanity by denying it happened?

I found this article and what I read shocked me. There are an estimated 650,000 like Hong Hanh in Vietnam, suffering from an array of baffling chronic conditions. Another 500,000 have already ...
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Is NATO discriminate to take action against any nation?

NATO and SEATO are organisations who come forward and fight for civilians rights and injustice. We experienced their activity in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya. But why NATO is not taking actions against ...
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Could Congress annul a declaration of war from the U.S. President?

Could Congress annul a declaration of war from the U.S. President? Let's say that the President declared war against Cuba for no reason, could Congress step in and annul the declaration of war or is ...
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Do trade or currency wars require congressional approval?

According to the US Consitution, Article 1, Section 8, US Congress has the power "To declare War". Currently, several mainstream news outlets are describing various tariff increases by the current US ...
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What causes long-running disputes over sovereignty?

There are many disputes that appear pointless in my eyes. These are disputes that seem to have an easy resolution, but which the countries involved continue to fight over. A couple examples: Taiwan ...
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Can a government be held responsible for the crimes committed by a military contractor?

Can a government be held responsible for the crimes committed by a military contractor? If, for instance, a company like Blackwater Security Consulting contracted by the government commits a crime not ...
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Why hasn't the U.S. government paid war reparations to any country it attacked?

Why hasn't the U.S. government paid war reparations to any country it attacked? According to Wikipedia, the U.S. has never paid any war reparations to members of other countries. It has only paid ...
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Fate of countries without any army when attacked

What happens to countries which don't have any standing army, when attacked by any other country, terrorists, etc.? Even though only politically less significant or relatively more peaceful ...
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Why haven’t North Korea already signed a peace treaty with South Korea?

After the end of the Korean War North Korea, China and the US had signed an armistice (as mentioned in the article, South Korea never signed the agreement), that formally ended the war. Considering ...
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If a country declares war on the United States, does the US Congress need to declare war on them?

In light of the events unfolding between the United States of America and the Islamic Republic of Iran, I have been curious as to the prospect of war between the two countries. From what I have ...
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Does cyber warfare have rules similar to those existing for classic warfare?

Classic warfare has some rules: (..) UN Security Council Resolution 2286. This important document condems attacks against medical facilities, personnel and patients in crisis situations.(..) ...
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Why does the U.S military use mercenaries?

With a defense budget now totaling ~686-billion dollars a year – which is about the size of the next 8 largest defense budgets combined (figure) – why does the U.S military see the need to ...
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Has a nation ever responded to a cyber attack (from a UN member state) by escalating to physical force?

A recent Washington Post headline reads in part "Israel responded to a Hamas cyberattack with an airstrike. ..." I'm looking for the first such historical instance of a physical response (an ...
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What was the political impact of the 'Daisy' election campaign commercial? [closed]

I can see why the Johnson Campaign's Daisy was controversial. I also know that Johnson won the 1964 United States presidential election. However, how much of a political impact did Daisy really have? ...
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Does the US have plans to protect its IT critical infrastructure in case of war against China? [closed]

If the US entered a war (not a trade war, but a real one) against China, how could it guarantee a supply of computers, microchips, and IT in general (that are essential for the whole infrastructure). ...
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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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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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How do landlocked countries, like Ethiopia, deal with trade?

Under international law, does Eritrea have a right to blockade or impose heavy tariffs on goods moving to Ethiopia?
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Why did South African soldiers choose EO over UNITA?

This is a question concerning Executive Outcomes and UNITA. I concede this question is slightly Tom Clancy-esque, but I think now that these events have been largely declassified all these decades ...
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Why would citizens of a country crave warfare against a nation that holds nuclear weapons?

If two countries both possess nuclear weapons, what reasons are there for why inhabitants in one of the countries would crave warfare against the other? Isn't that completely illogical, since warfare ...
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Pakistan's obligation to return captured pilot, where in the Geneva Convention?

A couple of days ago an Indian pilot flying a MiG-21 was shot down by the Pakistani military. The pilot was captured and detained. Very recently the pilot has been returned to the Indian military. I'...
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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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How much money did the United States spend on the Iraq war, and how much money did US oil companies gain as a result of the new Iraqi constitution?

This is just a cost benefit analysis, any discussion about US motivations in engaging in the Iraq war I would consider out of scope. Iraq nationalized oil production in 1972 (source). Following the ...
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Why is presidential approval needed for Congress to end a war it did not approve?

On December 13th, 2018, the Senate voted to end US involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen. This NPR article states, "the House would have to pass the resolution by year's end and President Trump ...
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Congress's power to Declare War vs Authorization to Use Military Forces (AUMF)

The United States has had thousands of troops in Afghanistan without a formal declaration of war. President Trump has recently ordered a large number of them out of that country, presumably to return ...
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Can the US Congress prevent a military action against Iran?

I'd like to know if Trump decides to carry out a military action against Iran, can it be prevented by the Congress? In other words, I want to know which steps are needed to declare war (approval by ...
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Does Russia need to treat the captured Ukranian sailors as POWs?

Some of the Ukranian sailors that were captured/arrested on their way to the Sea of Azov in November 2018 have been shown on Russian state TV with recorded statements. Ukraine demands that they are ...