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Why are the territories gained by Israel in 1967 not internationally recognized?

The general philosophy of post-WWII international order is that the inhabitants of a territory are entitled to self-determination. While there are still many political and historical obstacles to the ...
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Would Taiwan and China's dispute be solved if Taiwan gave up being the Republic of China?

No, dropping the ROC name makes the situation worse as the PRC claims that China is indivisible and that the island of Taiwan is part of China. Hence, the usual threat is that they will launch an ...
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What are some possible downsides about a one-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict?

In theory there could be a secular, multi-ethnic, multi-religious state. In practice that is all but impossible. After the Holocaust, many Jews vowed to live in their own state defended by their own ...
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If Taiwan declares independence, would that mean they are relinquishing their claim over mainland China?

Let me first address the incorrect picture of the cross-strait relations that underlies your question. You assume that there are actual, realistic claims to mainland China. Let me put this straight: ...
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Why is Palestine not a state yet?

Why hasn't a country named Palestine been created yet? As you alluded to in your summary, the nation of Israel was formed during WWII and it included land claimed by the Palestinians. Israel became ...
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Why is Palestine not a state yet?

Let's begin by repeating the definitions of de facto and de jure: de facto: a) in fact, whether by right or not. b) existing or holding a specified position in fact but not necessarily by legal right....
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Why are the territories gained by Israel in 1967 not internationally recognized?

It seems the Stimson doctrine was interpreted more general than you interpret it. The phrasing there just says 'result of aggression', and Israel clearly used aggression (as in military force) during ...
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Why is the town of Olivenza not as heavily politicized as other territorial disputes?

It is very difficult to look at a real world event, with the tons of factors influencing them, and to cathegorically decide which are the important ones, so any answer might be very opinated. So I ...
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Would it be possible for Russia to "unannex" parts of Ukraine?

Constitution changes The current constitution seems to prohibit this, which implies that after this formal annexation any peace treaty other than a complete Russian victory would require a ...
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Would Taiwan and China's dispute be solved if Taiwan gave up being the Republic of China?

Interestingly, the name that China and Taiwan compromised on, for the Olympics at least, is "Chinese Taipei". In that context, China rejected the Republic of China (henceforth ROC) name, which Taiwan ...
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What is the point of countries not recognizing the physical reality of who controls a certain territory?

Israel gained control of East Jerusalem and the West Bank during the six day war of 1967. This is why they achieved de facto control of Jerusalem. However, since WWII, conquest has largely come into ...
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What is the point of countries not recognizing the physical reality of who controls a certain territory?

International law largely forbids wars of conquest or unilateral secessions. There is a lot of fudging and hypocrisy in this but no matter where you stand, you will find some territories effectively ...
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Why has China suddenly decided to station troops in the disputed Ladakh / Aksai Chin region?

This is hardly "coming out of nowhere"! There have been ongoing disputes between China and India since 1948, (and probably since 1948 BC!) There are several claim lines between China and India, and a ...
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Why are the territories gained by Israel in 1967 not internationally recognized?

Since the end of WW2 and the start of decolonization the international community has been quite reluctant on 2 directly related items: Occupation of other countries' territories, i.e. colonization. ...
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Why didn't Russia annex Abkhazia and South Ossetia?

Because South Ossetia / Abkhazia haven't been willing (yet). In the Russian point of view, Russia doesn't "annex" states; it allows willing states to join the federation. That's why the ...
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What is the point of countries not recognizing the physical reality of who controls a certain territory?

It is not about physical realities, but about political questions. In the frame of a possible two-state solution, the west of Jerusalem should be the capital of Israel and the east of Jerusalem should ...
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Would Taiwan and China's dispute be solved if Taiwan gave up being the Republic of China?

No, the real reason of the animosity from the People's Republic of China towards Taiwan does not involve the name or really even the practical consequences of an independent Taiwan. The real reason ...
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What are some possible downsides about a one-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict?

You have to understand what Zionism is about. It is about creating and maintaining a Jewish state. According to Zionism, that requires Jews to be the dominant ethnic group. Most Israeli Jews are ...
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Why is Belize divided into two parts in this map?

&tldr; There is a territorial dispute between Guatemala and Belize pending at the International Court of Justice. Whether the map in question shows the territory claimed correctly is contentious. ...
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Why is the town of Olivenza not as heavily politicized as other territorial disputes?

Maybe this is because public of Portugal does not believe that Spain is going to seriously infringe on the rights of this town citizens, so this becomes an administrative objection. A similar example ...
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Has it become more difficult to formally settle international disputes?

Maybe the root of your question aims to the surge of the concept of nationalism, and later on self-determination and the United Nations. Nationalism surges as a concept after French Revolution, and ...
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What is the CPC's intention behind expansionism?

From the Pacific Council on International Policy: Since assuming power in 2012, President Xi Jinping has clearly articulated his vision of the “Chinese dream” which seeks to achieve the “great ...
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What causes long-running disputes over sovereignty?

What reason would a country have for keeping these disputes open? While I agree with Denis de Bernardy's reason for the origin of the conflict, I would think of it the other way around... what reason ...
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What is the position of the EU on Northern Cyprus?

The assumption that the EU is not doing anything about the occupation of one of its member states is incorrect. The EU's support of its member state is primarily in the diplomatic sphere, including ...
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Why are the territories gained by Israel in 1967 not internationally recognized?

This is more of a postscript to Erwan's answer (which I believe is the most pertinent point). As well as moral acceptability, there is the question of practicality. Prior to WWII most countries had ...
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Why is Belize divided into two parts in this map?

There's changelog for that that says (in 2022) "Added disputed territory". Guatemala has a border dispute with Belize, but I'm not sure exactly what that entails. TLDR. There are some other ...
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Why is Palestine not a state yet?

The State of Palestine has always existed, at least on paper. 136 UN member states (including two Security Council permanent members, Russia and China) and the Holy See recognize the State of ...
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Why does India say that Kashmir is an integral and inseparable ('atoot ang') part, but then refuse to talk about Kashmir on an international level?

Probably because The de facto border carved in 1949 worked to India’s territorial and political advantage. The [1949] ceasefire line left the Indians with the bulk of Jammu and Kashmir’s territory (...
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What are some possible downsides about a one-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict?

I suspect that polling in the Palestinian territories is somewhat iffy to conduct, but what there is shows that there's little support for a (democratic) one-state solution among either of the ...
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Why doesn't India claim this portion of Kashmir?

I think I've found the answer in Chapter 7: The Disputed India–China Boundary 1948–1960 of the book War and Peace in Modern India by Srinath Raghavan, although the following information can be found ...
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