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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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How accountable will Russia be if it emerges they have supplied the Surface-to-Air Weaponry that brought down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17?

After today's events, there is a lot of speculation that Flight MH17 was brought down by surface to air weapons. Witnesses appear to have heard the loud explosions before the flight crashed, and ...
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What threat does the establishment of an Islamic State by ISIS pose in the region and the world?

What threat does the establishment of an Islamic State by ISIS pose in the region and the world? As far as i know they took control of a large portion of land in Iraq and Syria, however, they are ...
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Have the contents of the letters of last resort ever been revealed?

The letters of last resort are the letters written by the UK Prime Minister to the naval officers in command of the four nuclear submarines which provide the UK's nuclear deterrent, containing ...
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Doesn't NATO have something to say about conflicts with non-NATO allies?

I was just reading this article detailing how Turkey purchased tanks from Germany to fight the Kurds, who had been armed by the British and the US. So a NATO member bought weapons from another NATO ...
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Why haven't Ukraine and Russia declared war? [duplicate]

Ukraine and Russia have technically been at war since 2014 but neither has declared war publicly. What's the reason not to declare war if it even mentioned in the Wikipedia?
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Is a war likely between the U.S. and China? [closed]

China's economy has grown significantly over the past 20 years. Most forecasters see a time in the near future where China is the world's largest economy and according to some measures China has a ...
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Separatists against National Army -> Civil War?

As an European citizen, the Ukrain war happening now is worrying me. On side, the official Armed Forces of Ukraine and the separatists on the other side. Is this a civil war? This is a little ...
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Do the Naxalites enjoy popular support among the poor population?

In India, the Naxalites are various armed political groups with communist and maoist ideologies. They have been declared a terrorist organisation by the government of India. The Wikipedia article ...
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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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Have Japan and Russia technically been at war since World War II?

I just learned that Japan and Russia never formally signed a peace treaty after WWII, and according to Wiki As of 2015 matters remain unresolved Does that mean that Japan and Russia are still ...
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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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What characterizes an act of war as "war crime?"

With the Israel-Gaza tension going on, I hear a lot of talk about "war crimes" by the UN. However, to me the war going on doesn't seem different at all from any other war, and leaves me to wonder how ...
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What made Azerbaijan confident it could freely initiate the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh conflict without the intervention of Russia?

On 27 September 2020, conflict reignited over the semi-autonomous region of Nagorno-Karabakh. It is stated that this most recent fighting was instigated by Azerbaijan (Source). Furthermore, Armenia is ...
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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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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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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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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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Does international regulation forbid a country to kill children in a conflict if the other part uses them as human shields?

The question is motivated by the Israel-Palestine conflict, but it may be asked/answered in general. I am wondering if Geneva conventions or any other international regulation forbid a country (Israel ...
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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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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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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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International law: Are ships in international waters considered the flag states territory?

Are ships flagged under state (A) considered the territory or under the sovereignty of (A)? Is boarding such a ship by a state (B) which is not the same as (A) when (B) has an illegal blockade in ...
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Was there any war Russia has ignited that was NOT explained by its "support" of a newly-created "People's Republic"?

This excerpt of a Russian newspaper says: On December 4 {1939}, comrade Molotov has telegraphed to Avenol. In his answer, he stated that there are no reasons for raising "Finnish question", since ...
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Was the 2003 Iraq War an undeclared war to circumvent the Geneva Conventions?

The Iraq Resolution known as "AUTHORIZATION FOR USE OF MILITARY FORCE AGAINST IRAQ RESOLUTION OF 2002" cites national policy, a war on "terrorism", and United Nations Security Council Resolutions to ...
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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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Sino-Indian War of 1962

What was the reason behind Sino-Indian war of 1962? Was it a Communist invasion of Indian territory? Another version I heard was that it was the forward policy of India which provoked PRC for a war. ...
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Why is Theodore Roosevelt's time with the Rough Riders seen so positively?

As most historians have noted, Theodore Roosevelt did lead his soldiers into a trap and suffered the most causalities during the Battle of Las Guasimas and the Battle of San Juan Hill. It has been ...
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"$300 Million a day on Afghanistan" - so what happens to that money now?

President Biden, in his speech regarding the conclusion of the withdrawal from Afghanistan yesterday, mentioned that it is estimated that 300 million USD per day was spent on the war in Afghanistan ...
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Could a politician be conscripted during the Vietnam war (Australia)?

During the Vietnam War, there was conscription in Australia. I'm just wondering, under that system of conscription, whether a politician, assuming they were otherwise eligible, could be conscripted ...
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How come ISIS does not attack China or Japan or other Asian countries?

How come ISIS does not attack China or Japan or other Asian countries? Do they have no hatred for Asian countries? Is it solely the Western society that they are after? But that wouldn't make sense:...
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How was Japan's involvement in the Korean war reconciled with Article 9 of the constitution?

The Historical Basis section of Wikipedia's article on the anime "From Up on Poppy Hill" indicates that the Japanese merchant marine and their crews carried forces and supplies to Korea during the ...
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Who is helping the Tigray TDF?

Last year the Ethiopian army quickly overran the capital of Tigray (Mekelle) and drove the Tigray Defense Forces (TDF) into the mountains, caves, forests etc., seemingly turning the conflict into a ...
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Have the terrorists ever traded hostages for land? [closed]

On June 18, 2014, the "pro"-Russian terrorists in Ukraine have captured Nadiya Savchenko, Ukrainian pilot, and secretly transferred her across the state border to terrorist bases in Rostov, Russia and ...
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Would defense based only on nuclear weapons work? [closed]

There's an article in the Japanese constitution forbidding the country from going to war. The country nonetheless maintains a substantial self-defence force. I'm wondering if Japan can feasibly ...
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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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What triggered the war in Iraq?

This is an issue that I've never understood going back to the early 2000s. The build-up to the war in Iraq was something that snuck up on me. All of a sudden there was talk about a potential war in ...
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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?
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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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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 do some claim that the Oslo agreements between Israel and the Palestinians have failed?

In the Israeli public, many claim that the Oslo agreements, which are probably the most advanced diplomatic action between the sides throughout history, have failed. This argument is used often to ...
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Can a Turkish involvement on a military strike on Syria trigger the NATO mutual defense clause?

If Turkey joins a military strike on Syria and Syria strikes back at Turkey, can Turkey invoke NATO's mutual defense clause according to article 5?
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Why has Japan been largely pacifist since WWII?

Japan has been largely pacifist since WWII. Although it does have armed forces, I've heard that the country hasn't killed anyone in combat since WWII. While I assume that WWII, the deadliest war in ...
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Who has the power to surrender in a war in the US?

Congress has the power to declare war and the president signs the declaration (or vetos) as well. Who has the power to surrender in a war? Would congress have to vote to surrender?
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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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Is the US still at war with North Korea although it donates aid?

I heard the US donates aid to North Korea. It is also my understanding that the US is still technically at war with North Korea but the situation is a stalemate and no side is actively attacking. ...
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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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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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What is ISIS fighting for?

I can't find anything on the subject that isn't extremely biased in either direction... Can anyone give me a down to earth answer to what ISIS's ideology is, what exactly are they fighting for? They ...
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Was it technically possible for BUK system to crash an airplane in Ukraine? [closed]

I have read in another forum, that it's impossible that BUK system destroyed that airplane in Ukraine. The reason he says is - the airplane looks like shot by 30×165mm bullets - its not like blown by ...