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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 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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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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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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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 ...
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Have Syrian rebels ever used chemical weapons?

There have been many questions about the Assad regime using chemical weapons against the rebels opposing him. A common rebuttal from the Syrian government and its allies is that the rebels are the ...
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Who recorded “Mother of all Bombs" explosion from ground level? [closed]

The United States dropped "the mother of all bombs," the largest non-nuclear device it has ever unleashed in combat, on a network of caves and tunnels used by Islamic State in eastern Afghanistan on ...
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Is the “Mother of all Bombs” recently dropped by U.S. the largest since Hiroshima and Nagasaki? [closed]

I read that the bomb dropped was the "largest conventional bomb" ever used in warfare, so therefore would that make it the largest bomb ever used in warfare all together outside of the two uses of ...
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What body in the US Government regulates the powers of a sitting president? [duplicate]

Does USA as a nation have any power at all over any action the sitting president wishes, including actions that violate International Law, treaties, or the Constitution? Specifically Does the ...
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What incentives (or stated motives) did the US have to attack Syria?

What were the motives stated for for the US attacking Syria or incentives to do that? It doesn't seem like there was any immediate threat from Syria to the US. (After all, they neither have ICBM's ...
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What is the purpose of USA warning Russia about missile strikes in Syria?

According to this article, the US warned the Russians ahead of Syria missile strikes. It does not specify when exactly this occurred (a few minutes means nothing, 1-2 hours means that some troops/...
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When may the President of the United States order military action without congressional approval?

The USA has many times in the past taken military action with only the President's order to back it up legally. It was Jefferson that set the precedent of using the military to enforce foreign policy ...
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What incentive could Assad have to use chemical weapons?

For the recent chemical attack in Syria, most claim Assad did it, some claim it was an accident, and some claim it was a false flag operation. However, what realpolitical reasons could Assad have in ...
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Didn't the USA need to declare war before launching the missiles on April 6th 2017?

The launch of over 50 missiles to strike a Syrian military base could be considered an act of war. The UN charter states: All members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat ...
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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 the president get the final say on a declaration of war like he does with normal bills?

Would the USA congress need the presidents signature to enact a declaration of war? Or is it different from other bills in this respect, as someone told me congress can declare war even if the ...
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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 ...
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Do Islamic State have women fighters?

On a photo published by Abu Sayyaf (which have pledged allegiance to Islamic State), recently republished in this BBC News article, there is one fighter in what appears to be a niqab and a long dress-...
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Why does the USMC perform duties which are in the remit of the Army?

In every other country, marines are subordinate to the navy and are used mostly in operations which fall under the remit of the term - seaborne attacks and small scale land operations which needed a ...
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How much would the US economy suffer if they stopped military spending?

If there weren't new jets, tanks, guns, bullets, contracts etc.. being made, how would this impact their economy/GDP? Would it have such a significant impact that it would cause another recession? ...
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What are the upsides or advantages to the USA of intervening in Syria?

As Syria is a Russian ally/client state, U.S. intervention in Syria's civil war was bound to anger Russia and draw them into the conflict to protect their sphere of influence. It has turned into a ...
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On Acts of War, Preemptive Strikes, Defense Pacts, and Offensive vs Defensive Wars

Imagine Countries G, O, and Y all border Country S. Now imagine the following chain of events: Years prior, Country S had declared that closing a certain maritime access corridor to that country ...
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Why does Russia hold hard on keeping Chechnya?

Since the dissolution of the USSR in 1991, lot of its republics chose to be independent states and most succeeded without any significant pressure from the then newly established Russia. But one ...
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What's the United States plan for post-Assad Syria? [closed]

What strategic plan do US and NATO have IF Assad steps down? Are they trying to replace the Assad regime with a more 'pro' western regime? I'm hoping it doesn't turn into another Iraq/Afghanistan.
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What would it take to test War Powers Resolution (practically)?

Many if not most political discussions around the use of military force by POTUS tend to slide down to War Powers Resolution, and for reasonable people, those tend to slide to "who knows, the only way ...
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“Offensive defense spending” versus “defensive defense spending”

It seems to me that some defense spending has the objective of reducing or eliminating civilian and/or military casualties resulting from attacks on home soil. For instance: investment in domestic ...
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Are there any examples of the President going to war without Congressional approval?

In trying to answer a question about what the president does, I'm currently hung up on "war". See: https://politics.stackexchange.com/a/11878/8298 for more details. Essentially, my statement is that ...
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Were any charges ever brought up in the Iraq war? [closed]

Were any government officials in the US or in EU ever charged by international courts for war crimes about Iraq war? We all know Bush and Cheney were never prosecuted....
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What's does the US hope to gain in Syria..? [duplicate]

I know why Russia is there; to support Assad (alley of Russia) but what can the US gain from this? They are arming rebels (as if that ever worked) most likely ISIS in Syria to fight Assad and are also ...
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What influence has the Chilcot report had in the United States?

Since many of the findings of Sir John Chilcot, must apply equally as much to the United States decision to go to war with Iraq as they do to Britain, has the report had much public discussion in ...
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Chilcot Report did not express a view on whether the invasion was legal. Which forum is responsible for it?

The Iraq inquiry finally gave it's report; Chilcot Report. While the legal basis for the war was "far from satisfactory," the inquiry did not express a view on whether the invasion was legal, Chilcot ...
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Can Chilcot Report be used to prosecute Tony Blair?

Yesterday, The Iraq inquiry finally gave its report which is widely known as Chilcot Report. In this Report, the inquiry concluded: Saddam Regime did not pose a threat to British interests The ...
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Are there new doctrines to insure peace beyond balance of terror?

The balance of terror is the idea born with the nuclear bomb that, if two superpowers have nuclear power, they will refrain from going to war against each other (or the other's allies) in fear that ...