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Is there a strong legal guarantee that the U.S. can give to another country that it won't attack them?

No such guarantee would be meaningful if the US administration and congress change their opinion. Whatever they write in law or sign, they can undo -- if not legally then in practice. The US had ...
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Why do Mauritius passport holders have such easy visa access to so many countries?

For many countries, the decision to allow visa free travel is based on the likelihood of abuse of the immigration system. In the case of Mauritius, the judgement is that Mauritian citizens do not ...
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Why did some places with a large population become states within a country when other places with smaller populations became countries of their own?

History. India did consist of many more-or-less sovereign countries before the British came. When decolonization came around and the colonizers left, it split into India and Pakistan, and then ...
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What does Ukraine gain by having Western countries ban all Russian visa?

Currently the sanctions have much more effect on isolated poor regions and less effect on the more affluent ones. The more affluent regions exercise a strategy of sanction avoidance known as parallel ...
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Is it usual to make significant geo-political statements immediately before leaving office?

It isn't usual, but it happens, especially when the leaving administration doesn't see eye to eye with the following administration. The last time this occurred was only just 4 years ago when ...
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Why is Japan trying to have a better relationship with Iran?

The U.S. is likely to become less involved in the Middle East and Asia. Japan will need to secure oil supplies. Peter Zeihan has given many speeches over the last decade about how demographics and ...
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Why and since when did Russia stop integrating itself into the Western community?

There were many preexisting diverging views on international law. The open disagreements about e.g. the NATO intervention in Kosovo don't constitute the main problem, because in such a case the ...
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How does the inclusion of Finland in NATO make it difficult for Russia to use Kaliningrad to dominate the Baltics?

TLDR: It's based on a translation error and unclear geographical terminology Kaliningrad isn't seen by Russia as a viable area denial chokepoint vs the Baltic Sea anymore. Whatever else the paper ...
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Why does the US still maintain so many military facilities in Western Europe?

There's an important word you're missing: logistics. The US has to project its power. To do that, you need to be able to move not just troops, but equipment and supplies. But you don't just move those ...
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Why doesn't Israel withdraw from the territories occupied during the Six-Day War of 1967?

Many Israelis believe that "less" control over the West Bank and Gaza, leads to "more" terrorism, rather than the opposite. Let's look at the facts; Since they refuse to receive ...
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What makes it hard for Southeast Asian countries (including India) to replace China and become new "world factory"?

(This answer focuses on only the India aspects of this question. Individually, other countries in SE Asia have less people, with smaller internal markets and also have different strengths/weaknesses) ...
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Is there a food crisis linked to the Ukrainian war or a massive speculation?

While it is still winter in Ukraine and Russia, spring will arrive soon. When the situation continues as currently, Ukrainian farmers won't be able to seed much and Russian farmers will probably still ...
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What did Putin do to ensure that he doesn't get overthrown by a military coup or to reduce the likelihood of it?

The President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin protected himself against the possibility of a military coup or a popular uprising by a combination of measures: FSB (formerly KGB) officers ...
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Why must export of Ukrainian grain go through Russian diplomatic and military approval?

From the Wall Street Journal: Before Russia’s invasion, around 98% of Ukraine’s prodigious grain exports would flow from ports on the Black Sea. But those ports have been shut by a Russian naval ...
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Why is Saudi Arabia "sitting on the fence" on Ukraine?

Here is a frame challenge to the question: it isn't, necessarily. The linked article moves smoothly from talking about countries that actually abstained from "voting on Ukraine," by which I ...
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Why doesn't Israel withdraw from the territories occupied during the Six-Day War of 1967?

Israeli leaders see the entire land consisting of current Gaza, Israel and West Bank, which they refer to as Judea and Samaria, as theirs based largely on religious interpretation of scripture. See ...
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Why won't the U.S. sign a peace treaty with North Korea?

The significant misconception is that, from the information I've gathered, the US was never formally at war with North Korea. It and the United Nations intervened in the Korean War on South Korea's ...
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Why didn't Japan call for the ICJ to settle the dispute over the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands?

China is unlikely to listen to an ICJ ruling, so it carries risk for Japan if China wins and no gain if Japan wins. From the Spratlys, where the Phillipines brought the case, to the ICJ (aka Hague ...
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Is there a food crisis linked to the Ukrainian war or a massive speculation?

Smart traders anticipate supply and demand and act accordingly. With the Russian invasion, a significant part of the global food supply will be destroyed (or not seeded and harvested at all). Market ...
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Is it true that the US has stepped into foreign conflicts mostly under Democratic presidents?

Part of the issue with answering this question is defining what counts as a foreign intervention. The Congressional Research Service has published a report entitled Instances of Use of United States ...
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What has China gained by doing military drills after Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan?

China's military exercises around Taiwan aren't mere posturing. Xi has vowed to retake what he regards as a breakaway province. China is practicing for the upcoming military operation to secure its ...
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Why doesn't Israel withdraw from the territories occupied during the Six-Day War of 1967?

There are two main reasons: history and security. 1. HISTORY The "West Bank" was Jewish for hundreds of years, long before it became Arab. In fact, the Jewish people is named after Judea - ...
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Has Ukraine ever considered being neutral after the collapse of the Soviet Union?

Ukraine not only considered to be neutral. Ukraine is still officially neutral and not a member of NATO. This is exactly why Ukraine was invaded by Russia in 2014-15, with the war continued up to the ...
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What purpose does publishing a white paper serve?

Short Answer While it is subtle, this Chinese "white paper" is a bigger deal than it seems from a casual reading out of context and without much further analysis. This Chinese "white ...
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How exactly are further sanctions meant to prevent North Korea from continuing their nuclear program?

The point of sanctions isn't necessarily, or always, "to prevent" the things the sanctions are based on. More often than not, they can serve at least three other purposes: They are a necessary step ...
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Why do Mauritius passport holders have such easy visa access to so many countries?

The premise of this question is questionable. The Mauritian passport is not especially strong. The Wikipedia article quoted in the question is citing the Henley and Partners Visa Restrictions Index ...
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What did Putin do to ensure that he doesn't get overthrown by a military coup or to reduce the likelihood of it?

The question mentions "military coup", but traditionally in Russia (including the Soviet and pre-Soviet times), the military didn't play a significant political role, despite its might. ...
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What has China gained by doing military drills after Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan?

A lot of international politics — not all, but more than one might like — plays out as middle-school level power/status games. More precisely, it comes down to interactions between smart, cagy, ego-...
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What purpose does publishing a white paper serve?

A white paper is an official position statement issued as a guide to others to help them understand a situation and/or make decisions about it. It's meant to be an authoritative statement from the ...
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What does Ukraine gain by having Western countries ban all Russian visa?

This is because of the opinion that majority of the Russian citizens are not willing to provide any notable opposition to the invasion. The New York Times writes that president Vladimir V. Putin’s ...
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