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Questions tagged [war]

For questions about armed conflict between different countries.

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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 ...
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Why did Sweden issue the 'if crisis or war comes' pamphlet?

Inspired by the question We will never surrender! Why would a country have this policy? From the question text, Sweden recently issued a pamphlet to citizens regarding what would be done if war or a ...
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We will never surrender! Why would a country have this policy?

Background A few months ago the Swedish government sent a small booklet to all Swedish households titled "If crisis or war comes" which contains official information on how to prepare for and react ...
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US State Department and Department of Defense

In the TV series Madam Secretary, there seems to be this folklore about the state department and the department of defense conflicting somehow. How do the departments conflict, and where can I find a ...
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Definition of active measures in a political warfare context

Is there a good definition of active measures in a political warfare context? Wikipedia has an article on active measures in that context, but it lacks a concise definition. Rather than stating a ...
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Are there benefits to war? [closed]

There are obvious costs to war: loss of human life, destruction of property, disruption of people's lives, and much more. However, despite these costs wars continue to happen. I'm wondering what ...
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What is the US government's position regarding cyberwar; is a cyber attack considered to be an act of war? [duplicate]

Has it been found legally that a cyber attack on the US is in fact an act of war? Is this established law? The facts on the ground are that DoD has created a Cyber Command, on par w it's CentCom so ...
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Did Marx or some other marxist say something like war benefits the rich at the expense of the poor?

I may be misremembering, but I vaguely recall that somewhere in the marxist (or communist) ideology there was a claim like war (and I mean actual war, not class war) benefits the rich (maybe even in ...
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As of June 26, 2018 is the United States at war? [closed]

As of June 26, 2018 is the United States at war? The interpretation of the term "war" is left solely to the individual who answers the question. If the answer is "no", what is the date of the ...
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Conquering monarch based countries [duplicate]

Can a monarch based country declare war on another monarch based country and if it wins, can it capture the territory of the enemy country?
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Is the American government threatening Iran with war?

The Washington Institute for Near East Policy is an American think tank who is researching some programs all based on the middle east. This think tank has some former government officers including R....
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Has any relevant American politician ever admited that the Gulf of Tonkin incident was a lie?

During an interview (video here) celebrity and former Governor of Minnesota Jesse Ventura said that "they" were admitting that the Gulf of Tonkin incident was a lie. There are somewhat credible ...
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Legality of attacking an occupier by third-party forces within partially-occupied state

Suppose state A is (illegally, militarily) occupying some of the territory of state B (denote the occupied part B1 and the unoccupied part B2). Suppose also that state B is allied with state C, and ...
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Which pairs of countries are currently in a state of war?

I know South Korea and North Korea are still in a state of war. Similarly for Israel and Lebanon. And it seems Russia and Japan are also, technically, in a state of war. The last, if true, is ...
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Is there a precedent for a country attacking another and later admitting their casus belli was false?

Is there a precedent for a country attacking another due to unverified information and finding out later they were wrong? And what was the international response? Narrowing scope: An event that was ...
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When was the last time the US was presented with a military ultimatum?

It's been reported (by a number of sources) that the Russian Federation "warned" yesterday, 4/12/18, that if any US missiles target sites in Syria, then the Russian assets would attempt to shut down ...
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How to infer intentions of allies in a forthcoming war

I'm trying (I'm a simple citizen) to infer the intentions of my country's allies, and whether they will truly back us in case of a conflict with our aggressive (yet rich) neighbor or they'll ...
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Syria: Why Is There A Civil War There? [closed]

Wikipedia characterizes the current war in Syria as a civil war: The Syrian Civil War (Arabic: الحرب الأهلية السورية‎, Al-ḥarb al-ʼahliyyah as-sūriyyah) is an ongoing multi-sided armed conflict ...
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If a country is annexed, what happens to the citizenship of expats?

If a country were to be annexed by another (for example, Latvia by Russia), what happens to the citizenship of Latvians abroad? For example, do they keep their EU freedom of movement rights?
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Why is the United States' war in Afghanistan referred to as “America's longest war”? [closed]

This article from the Washington Post refers to the US' war in Afghanistan as its longest. Others have said the same. As of 2018 it's been about 17 years. The headline says longest foreign, but the ...
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What proportion of recognised countries have their foundation through violence?

On what grounds are countries considered sovereign? had part of its question as By what means is a country considered legitimate or sovereign, even if [its] foundation were through violence or ...
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How much alcohol has changed hands as part of the “Whisky War”?

Canada and Denmark have a territorial dispute over Hans Island between Ellesmere Island and Greenland in the arctic. Starting in 1984, each country has sent expeditions which have placed their own ...
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What's the cause of Somalia's 30+ year civil war? [duplicate]

The country has been in a state of civil war since 1991 after the removal of the Siad Barre dictatorship regime. The country has since never truly had a stable government and it's current government ...
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What is the role of the South Korean military service in case of a war with North Korea

South Korea is still officially at war with North Korea and Kim Jeong-Eun, the North Korean leader, regularly threatens to attack the South to various extents. South Korea has a mandatory military ...
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Is the War on Drugs a declared war?

Wikipedia says: ”However, two years prior to this, Nixon had formally declared a "war on drugs" that would be directed toward eradication, interdiction, and incarceration.” I understand that only ...
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What is the difference between war and terrorism?

As the title states, what is the difference between war and terrorism? Terrorism, as I understand it, has one primary purpose: to destabilize the enemy. Hence, the killing of innocent civilians, ...
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What's the origin of the concept of “no first use”?

What does it mean "no first use"? Have NATO applied this concept ? In what ways? Who was the first to develop this concept? What are the work laying the foundation of the concept?
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If all the countries had Nuclear Weapons, would that stop all wars? [closed]

Reading this question: Why don't all countries attempt to get rid of all nuclear weapons? I realised that: Due to MAD doctrine, countries are unlikely to destroy their nuclear arsenals. Nuclear ...
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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 does the US not just accept North Korea's nuclear ambitions and attempt to mend relationships?

Many experts propose that it is not practically possible (without engaging in war and endangering the lives of many civilians, in both US and ally territory) to prevent North Korea from building ...
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is the USA afraid of Venezuela? [closed]

According to Wikipedia: Venezuela has the largest oil reserves, and the eighth largest natural gas reserves in the world, and consistently ranks among the top ten world crude oil producers. ...
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Why does India want Kashmir so much?

Pakistan wants Kashmir because at the point of the partition (and still is to this day), Kashmir was a predominantly Muslim region. Therefore, Pakistan is looking out for what it considers its people (...
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Is Japan still bound by the terms of its surrender in WWII?

After Japan surrendered to Allied forces in 1945, the Potsdam Declaration required Japanese military forces to be disarmed, limited Japanese sovereignty to specific islands, and prohibited Japanese ...
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Why doesn't PRC help install a new leadership or stage a coup to preserve DPRK — or even take it over altogether before the US does?

I realize the title of this question is a bit odd and apparently counter-intuitive, and might give someone a good chuckle, but bear with me for a second. The People's Republic of China and the ...
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Why would North Korea attack the United States or a neighboring country with nuclear weapons?

There's a lot of news in the media about how close we are to nuclear war and I understand North Korea's nuclear capabilities are getting better and better. However, I would like to know in what ...
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Have the US or Chinese governments indicated a point at which they would invade North Korea?

Every time North Korea tests a rocket or gets closer to building a nuclear bomb, both China and the Western governments release a series of statements about how they're deeply concerned and ...
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Any 20-century country that lost its territorial integrity due to a coup? [closed]

Do we have any examples besides Ukraine of a country of the 20th century that lost its territorial integrity due to a coup (revolution)?
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What are the differences between mercenaries and a country's armed forces?

I don't quite get the exact difference. I know the mercenaries act with less oversight, but are also quite expensive. So I wonder why does the US military used mercenaries in Iraq and Afghanistan so ...
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Do the 3rd and 4th Amendments of the U.S. Constitution apply during martial law?

In the event of martial law being sanctioned in the United States, I am in question about the Constitution and how it would apply. If a soldier comes to my home during martial law and asks to be ...
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Why do countries always make up a noble-sounding excuse before invading another state?

Looking at the history of various invasions one can see a distinct pattern: The US has invaded Syria to "support democracy" France established a no-fly zone in Libya to "support the democratic ...
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Which countries are at a prolonged war? [closed]

So I've just discovered Russia and Japan are still at war as they never signed the WW2 treaty. They are apparently hoping to get all 4 of the islands seized during the war back, but only 2 of them ...
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How many non-combatants have been killed by the Islamic State?

Since IS was formed (including the time it was knows as ISIS), how many non-combatants were killed by IS-affiliated forces or individuals? I'm interested in the ballpark figure, not splitting hairs ...
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Jeremy Corbyn said ISIS supporters should not be prosecuted for 'expressing a political point of view' [closed]

I'm a bit baffled as to what Mr Corbyn really meant by this: “I have no support for ISIS whatsoever, and obviously that should apply to someone who has committed crimes, but we should bear in ...
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How has Pakistan managed to defeat the US in Afghanistan?

It is very clear that the US is finding it extremely difficult to strike a win in Afghanistan and could even said to be losing, seemingly in part due to the rigid and intricate network of the Haqqanis ...
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What is another term for a deception operation? [closed]

Like we have the term False Flag for covert operations to put blame for an event on a third party, is there any term for deception covert operations that are meant to fool the opponent? I am looking ...
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How is freedom defined in different parts of the world?

In the western world we proud ourself with being free. We even go to war to compel our views of freedom upon others, without knowing if we actually freed anyone. How is freedom defined in the rest of ...
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Was the bombing of Hiroshima/Nagasaki a war crime? [closed]

Was the bombing of Hiroshima/Nagasaki a war crime? The Wikipedia definition of war crime includes intentionally killing civilians and the destruction of civilian property.
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Why don't Russia and Ukraine enter an official state of war?

It's clear since 2014 that Russian troops have invaded Ukrainian territory. Crimea was fully annexed and Donbass is in a state of perpetual conflict. However officially speaking Russia and Ukraine ...
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Why do some countries intervene in other countries' issues, especially in the form of wars? [closed]

Recently, there's been a lot of media coverage of some countries intervening in other countries' issues, including intervening in Wars (Syrian Civil War). For example, the US has had many conflicts ...