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Short of attacking a NATO country, is there any other thing Russia can do to trigger direct American military confrontation?

I imagine if Russia started rounding up civilians en masse at concentration (death) camps in a similar manner as Nazis did in WWII, it would be enough to trigger a direct military confrontation with ...
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Short of attacking a NATO country, is there any other thing Russia can do to trigger direct American military confrontation?

NATO is not compelled to intervene unless there's an attack on a NATO country. That's not to say NATO can't intervene (e.g. Kosovo), but it's not compelled to. So there's nothing Russia can do to ...
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Short of attacking a NATO country, is there any other thing Russia can do to trigger direct American military confrontation?

The US has treaty relationships with a number of nations which come close to the scope of NATO protection, including South Korea, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand. Israel is a very special case. ...
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What are the possible mechanisms that can be used to settle territorial disputes between Ukraine and Russia should the hostilities cease?

Arbitration can be suitable if the question is exactly which mountain ridgeline or which arm of a river delta to use. Generally small areas with low population, even if they can have huge implications ...
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What are the possible mechanisms that can be used to settle territorial disputes between Ukraine and Russia should the hostilities cease?

If Ukraine joins NATO, the nuclear deterrent becomes the mechanism that can be used to settle territorial disputes between Ukraine and Russia. Russia will not attack a NATO member. Russia only ...
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What are the possible mechanisms that can be used to settle territorial disputes between Ukraine and Russia should the hostilities cease?

Countries can agree to arbitration. As you mentioned Ukraine, they did agree something like with Romania... over Snake Island and the surrounding EEZ. I can't think of any examples where countries ...
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Can the USA government expel foreign diplomats working for the UN?

The people here were not working for the UN but for Russia, representing Russia at the UN. The US can expel such people as if they were diplomats accredited to the US. This provision is found at ...
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What do the diplomats say or do when they are summoned by the country's government they are posted in?

As noted in the comments, the ambassador's specific message will depend on the situation and on the country's goals, which could be anything from fixing a mistake to going to war. In general, ...
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What's the reasoning behind "rogue states" not responding to sanctions with military action?

Misuse of the term "trade war" in the question aside, it seem to be asking why a country like Iran doesn't attack shipping in an overt military fashion, in retaliation for sanctions. (This ...
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What's the reasoning behind "rogue states" not responding to sanctions with military action?

I see several problems with your scenario: shooting at nations' people and equipment tends to "heat up" their temper considerably. Rep A may suddenly get a lot more motivated, especially ...
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What's the reasoning behind "rogue states" not responding to sanctions with military action?

I'm sure that this would happen if the logic were to pan out as written. But the problem is that there is a contradiction in the assumptions The Republic of A is a global power able to impose harsh ...
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Were treaties made with the Soviet Union automatically applicable to Russia?

Yes, as the Russian Federation is legally the successor state of the USSR and assumes all obligations, roles, debts, etc. of the former entity. Interestingly, Ukraine also claims that it's the ...
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In what ways will the Russian-Ukraine war benefit/harm the United States?

US Benefit: break Europe away from Russia US harm: US has to fulfill Europe's oil needs, sending oil prices sky high US & Europe can't buy food from Russia sending food prices sky high Europe can'...
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Why is the Chinese Model of debt financed economic aid more attractive to Africa than West's structural re-adjustment programs?

Misplaced comparison with IMF (alone) aside, in general, the Chinese model has been "successful" (at least as far as disbursing funds) in relation to their Belt and Road initiative, but in ...
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Why is the Chinese Model of debt financed economic aid more attractive to Africa than West's structural re-adjustment programs?

IMF is not a development fund so it is not supposed to finance economic development. I don't know what's the idea behind China's policies but I assume they have growth in mind, while IMF has solvency ...
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