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Are Ukrainian civilians forced to fight against their will?

Unknown. Zelensky declared martial law in Ukraine on 24th February 2022. Why banning men from leaving Ukraine violates their human rights According to the above article, because of martial law, he ...
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Are Ukrainian civilians forced to fight against their will?

To quote Wikipedia on conscription in the Ukrainian army: In October 2013 President Yanukovich ended conscription in Ukraine, at the time 60% of Ukraine's forces were composed of professional ...
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Are Ukrainian civilians forced to fight against their will?

No. Ukraine is drafting civilians into their military, as it is commonly accepted by international law. The military is then forced to fight. A small difference, but a difference. The legitimate ...
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Are Ukrainian civilians forced to fight against their will?

Although I did not find the exact newspaper article I read earlier, I found an article from The Guardian which seems to indicate that the Ukrainian government does indeed prevent male Ukrainian ...
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How do the US President's and Secretary of Defense's power to deploy troops differ?

The constitution places all executive power in the hands of the President, and makes the President commander in chief Article II The executive Power shall be vested in a President of the United ...
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What happens with Ålands demilitarised status when Finland joins NATO?

Probably nothing: If Finland were to join NATO without a change in Åland’s status, this would not be the first time that the alliance has incorporated a country with demilitarized zones. The islands ...
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Any adverse effects/repercussions due to Ukraine's "serious snub" of German president Frank-Walter Steinmeier lasting longer than a few news cycles?

Some important background information: in the German politicial system the president is formally one of the most senior government officials but has very little practical power. He is mostly a ...
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Any adverse effects/repercussions due to Ukraine's "serious snub" of German president Frank-Walter Steinmeier lasting longer than a few news cycles?

Possibly. Depends on what one expects Germany to deliver. From the public statements (and the abrasive ambassador is at least as relevant as the visit snub), it seems that Ukraine wants to decide what ...
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Any adverse effects/repercussions due to Ukraine's "serious snub" of German president Frank-Walter Steinmeier lasting longer than a few news cycles?

None that I can see. The sanctions by Germany continue at the same slow pace as before. So does the military aid. REFERENCES: Held regular talks with 🇩🇪 Chancellor @Bundeskanzler . Talked about ...
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Is signing security pacts with other countries within the UK government powers?

Yes - the UK Government may negotiate and sign international security treaties without consulting Parliament as part of its executive power. However, under section 20 of the Constitutional Reform and ...
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Is the concept of MAD becoming obsolete?

There are a host of very wrong assumptions here at this current point in time. It is very, very, hard to guarantee avoiding letting through a few dozen warheads out of several hundreds, possibly ...
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Was the recent spate of military coups in Africa done so with either the overt or covert support of the USA?

This is just a tentative answer since I'm just begun looking at this - why else would I ask a question? Foreign Policy in Feb 2022 had an article where they write: Since 2009, the USA has been ...
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Was the recent spate of military coups in Africa done so with either the overt or covert support of the USA?

I can't be bothered to look at all the other "recent" allegations that span 14 years, but it's doubtful the US backed the Mali coup since they newly installed military government kicked the ...
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In 73 years has there really been only one occasion where NATO's article 5 applies?

Invoking article 5 is a major step. Given that the main conflict during most of the 20th C and which would take roughly half of the 73 years is the cold war between the USSR and the USA, strenuous ...
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Pentagon: "The intelligence that we provide to Ukraine is legal, is lawful." Is there even a recognized concept of legal and/or lawful intelligence?

Here's the entire relevant section from a 2019 CRS report on the matter [minus the footnotes]: Policy and Legal Authorities Policy and authorities for initiating and managing ties between the [...
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In 73 years has there really been only one occasion where NATO's article 5 applies?

As mentioned in o.m. answers conclusion: The Noth Atlantic Treaty seems to have successfully deterred major warfare in the last 73 years. The only occurrence where another country openly attacked a ...
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In 73 years has there really been only one occasion where NATO's article 5 applies?

As it was generally understood, the 'armed attack' in Article 5 refers to inter-state warfare. But it does not say so, and it got used after 9/11 as a political signal. There were many terrorist ...
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What are the societal and economic benefits of Britain's military spending?

Aside from the defence benefits of having a large military, there are other potential benefits. First note that much of the money in the defence budget is spent on things like pay for soldiers, ...
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What are the societal and economic benefits of Britain's military spending?

What are the social and economic benefits of choosing to pay for an optional insurance policy (i.e. one that is not required by law) like fire insurance? Very few, until you need that insurance policy....
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What are the terms of the agreement between Russia and Denmark on the militarization of Bornholm?

The article seems to be referring to assurances made by the Danish government to the Soviet government in 1946 in return for the withdrawal of Soviet troops from the island of Bornholm. This was not a ...
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Are military units marching in military parades considered military or civilian targets?

Seems everybody is reading up on the law of war these days, just like everybody became a virologist last year ... well, here are my two cents. Members of the armed forces of a conflict party, except ...
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