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What are the current international agreements on the Korean war?

I am trying to get information on international agreements on Korean conflict. I can find only documents on the current border status, DMZ, but not on valid international contracts for example ...
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Is there a huge difference between the Pershmerga and the PKK?

Germany has send to the Kurds in Irak weapons. Germany will send enough weapons to arm 4,000 Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq battling against Islamic State (IS) insurgents, whose advances ...
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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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Does any US defense whitepaper or public policy document espouse boosting the UK's force projection or military power?

Having a regional ally with a powerful and active military may ease pressure on the US military and foreign policy objects. Does any US defense whitepaper, public policy document or party platform ...
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What are the consequences for Iraq if it chooses to not repay the amount of war reparation owed?

After the Gulf War, Iraq accepted United Nations Security Council Resolution 687, which declared Iraq's financial liability for damage caused in its invasion of Kuwait.[17] The United Nations ...
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In the wake of the 2014 Iraqi army disintegration in front of ISIS, did the US make changes to how it trained such forces, esp. in Afghanistan?

Although some are shocked by the disintegration of Afghan army in front of the Taliban, I for one wasn't too surprised given the 2014 precedent provided by the US-trained Iraqi army, which ...
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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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Consequences of a US attack on North Korea? [closed]

This week, the US is carrying out joint military exercises with South Korea in which they practice the steps they would go through in order to carry out 'rehearsals of surgical strikes on North Korea’...
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Anti-Aircraft capabilities of Islamic State [closed]

Throughout the rapid spread of Islamic State (IS) they have captured much American equipment and also Syrian equipment. I understand some of that equipment has been too advanced for IS to operate such ...
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Is there an overview of battles between the Afghan Army and Taliban forces during the Resolute Support Mission (2015-2021)?

According to the Wikipedia page on the Resolute Support Mission (RSM): Resolute Support Mission or Operation Resolute Support was a NATO-led train, advise and assist mission consisting of about 7,772 ...
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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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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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How could the Ukrainian rebels get SAMs?

I know this counts as geopolitics(or maybe skeptics), but The US and Svobda have claimed that Malaysia flight MH17 was shot down by rebels. After reading This question in Travel Stack Exchange, I now ...
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Are there any laws that would oblige the EU to assist an EU-member that is attacked by a non-member

Assuming either a limited conflict or a full scale war: What optional actions can the EU take to assist a member state Are there any laws that would oblige the EU to assist a member-state with ...
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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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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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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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Are there any opinion polls in the US on [not] "letting" the Taliban win in Afghanistan (and the price Americans are willing to pay for that)?

Apparently withdrawing all US forces from Afghanistan has basically been the bipartisan vision at POTUS level since 2016 or so, albeit we only see the conclusion now (with the Taliban seemingly ...
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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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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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Overall, what is the reaction of nearby countries to the Syria civil conflict?

What has been the general reaction of countries close to the Syria/Iraq civil conflict? Have they been trying to prevent the conflict from continuing? Are they merely supporting combatants with a ...
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What policies does the U.S have for Yemen crisis?

At least for the last 6 months the war between Saudis and Yemen has been intensified and thousands of Yemenis were killed during this period. According to news like this, recent bombings caused ...
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What is the purpose of establishment of United Nations?

We know that United Nations was established in order to maintain peace worldwide? But there have been many wars between countries in history even after its establishment... So what exactly was UN ...
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What is the difference between war powers and emergency powers?

What is the difference between war powers and emergency powers? I have been hearing about both war powers and emergency powers in the context of COVID-19, but I have not been able to find a clear ...
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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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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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What are the cyber warfare capabilities of Iran's Revolutionary Guard?

In 2013, officials in Israeli claimed that the Revolutionary Guard of Iran was the fourth biggest cyber power when it came to cyber warfare. What are the cyber-warfare capabilities of the Islamic ...
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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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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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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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Has Ukraine implemented section 11 of the Minsk II agreement?

The Minsk II Agreement calls for (2) Pull-out of all heavy weapons by both sides to equal distance with the aim of creation of a security zone on minimum 50 kilometres (31 mi) apart for artillery ...
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Is it true that the US has stepped into foreign conflicts mostly under Democratic presidents? [closed]

I recently read about a strange trend: Since the start of the 20th century, the United States has stepped in or started conflicts involving the direct use of military force mainly under presidents ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How was arranging the trade of POW Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five detainees possible without “negotiating with terrorists”?

The United States of America has had a historical policy that they do not "negotiate with terrorists". How was brokering a trade of POWs between opposing sides of the War on Terror possible without ...
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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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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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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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Was John Abizaid's statement about the Iraq War rationale taken out of context?

I have recently visited the wikipedia page that was titled "Rationale for the Iraq War" for the sake of interest. I then saw a section titled oil in that wikipedia page. I never believed ...
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What does "staging rights" refer to, in the context of war?

Quotes from, The Politics of Military Coalitions By Scott Wolford, August 26, 2015. "coalition members may contribute military forces directly, as the United Kingdom did during the 1991 Gulf War,...
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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 would be the political consequences of Kabul falling before 31th august? [closed]

According to President J. Biden: U.S.-supported Afghan security forces are 300,000 people strong and are as well-equipped as any army in the world. And with an air force against something like 75,000 ...
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How many afghans, who've worked with the US are still in country?

According to current Taliban's speed, it's a question of time, how long would Ghani's government would stand. For the last week they've captured about 10 provinces: I've read about US evacuating ...
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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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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 ...