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Any foreign country whose internal or external politics your personal superpower (like, say, the US) does not agree with.

The word is used to whip into a frenzy the bloodthirsty masses of justifiedly enraged citizen/voters, so that the subsequent carpet bombing of said rogue state does not come as a surprise: rather, a natural consequence of the state of things.

The words "rogue state" indicate clearly that foreign policy is spinning into motion: that's why they are rarely heard in countries that, like Italy have no foreign policy (and, for the matter, few policies) at all.