How do countries build surprising diplomatic relationships?
- Trade, security, and cultural exchanges are common reasons to establish these relationships, which are sometimes not what the people themselves really want.
- Some countries, such as Israel, are building relations to reduce international isolation.
- Common language matters less in developing these friendships than one might think.
- Surprising bilateral relations can be established due to geographic location and policy overlap such as the relationship between the Marshall Islands and the United States.
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