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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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Sanctions for Russian military action in Ukraine stopping preparation for G8. Is it important for Russia?

In recent conflict of Russia and Ukraine some of G8 countries as sanction of Russian military actions in Ukraine declared they will stop preparation for G8 event in Sochi. But why would Russia be ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why there is so little western coverage of Japan Emperor's conciliatory tone in his 2015 New Year speech? [closed]

According to Japan Times, Emperor Akihito issued a call to learn from history: “I think it is most important for us to take this opportunity to study and learn from the history of this war, ...
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Why does India want Kashmir so much?

Pakistan wants Kashmir because at the point of the partition Kashmir was (and still is to this day) a predominantly Muslim region. Therefore, Pakistan is looking out for what it considers its people. ...
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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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Can a country take over another?

Could a country legally take control over another country? If one country is falling economically and politically, what will happen if one nation takes control and merges the two nations together? Are ...
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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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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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How does the US justify its drone attacks? [closed]

How does the US justify ethically and legally its drone attacks in the Greater Middle East ( especially in countries like Afghanistan and Pakistan)? For instance killing their own citizens in some of ...
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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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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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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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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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Why are chemical weapons such a big deal?

Trump seemed to be a big supporter of the current Syrian regime up until the recent chemical weapons attack. But why are chemical weapons such a big deal? What's the difference between killing 100 ...
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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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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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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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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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Has any relevant American politician ever publicly admitted 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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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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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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Does Russia's veto at the UN Security Council end any role for the United Nations in investigating the alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria?

This afternoon, a resolution at the UN Security Council, aimed to establish an independent investigation into alleged chemical weapons attacks in Syria, was vetoed by Russia. Is there a way that the ...
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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 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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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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Does speaking the same language reduce the likelihood of war?

One idea I've heard from time to time is that if we all spoke one language, we wouldn't have war any more. I can think of counter-examples to this. For example, the invasion of Kuwait by Iraq (both ...
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Is an act of piracy by a navy an act of war/aggression?

Under international law - is the ship flagged under one state, say Sweden, the territory or under the sovereignty of that state (A)? And thus: does an act of piracy, specifically by the armed forces/...
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Why did the USA support Kosovo in the war against Serbia?

Wikipedia has quite an extensive article about the war in Kosovo, but it doesn't do a good job at explaining the rationale of the US/NATO joining the war. What was the official reason for escalating ...