ICC: Is the US undermining regime on the international law?

President Donald Trump’s Administration has said that the United States would block US property and assets of anyone from The Hague-based  ICC tribunal involved in probing or prosecuting US troops. While America is not a State Party to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, do you think that such action if taken would undermine a regime on the international law, or you see this perhaps less dramatically, and why? Please, could you shortly comment on this? Read few comments.

International Criminal Court. Credit: https://www.icc-cpi.int/

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Sad commentary on the state of transatlantic relations

According to media reports President Donald Trump plans to withdraw roughly a third of the US troops stationed in Germany. How would you read this, does it has some rationale and from your perspective what does it tell us about the current state of transatlantic relations? Read few comments.

An M2A2 Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle is driven off the US Vehicle Carrier ENDURANCE as a part of the Exercise DEFENDER-Europe 20 taht was interrupted by COVID-19 pandemics. Credit: NATO

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US-China relations will certainly be a major issue in the American presidential campaign

It seems that the US-China relations might be a big topic of the US presidential campaign. For better or worse neither Donald Trump nor Joe Biden probably cannot afford to go too soft on China. I might be wrong but I would say the US, but also broadly the West, is probably entering the phase of some very tense relations with China. (Limited) military conflict is most probably not a real scenario, but from your perspective, how far could this escalate? Or am I perhaps simply too negative and relations with China are not that bad? Read few comments.

President Donald Trump with President Xi Jinping. Credit: Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead

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Coronavirus communication: What does China want to achieve?

While I can understand that China might be not happy about some rhetoric coming from the White House re COVID-19, why do you think that Beijing is pretty aggressively trying to spread a conspiracy theory about American origins of the new coronavirus? Is it first of all for domestic purposes to shift some blame from the regime for originally probably a slow response regarding outbreak in Wuhan? Or China hopes that with that tactics the regime can achieve also something internationally, and what it would be? Read few comments.

General Secretary of the Communist Party of China Xi Jinping: Credit: http://english.gov.cn/

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Joe Biden said his Vice President will be a woman. Will it work?

Joe Biden promises to choose a woman as his Vice President. In your opinion, what advantages (and possible disadvantages?) it could bring to Biden’s campaign? Any tips who that Vice President might be, if Biden wins the nomination? Read few comments.

Vice President Joe Bide. Credit: https://joebiden.com/

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How serious is Trump’s administration about arms control negotiations?

As the Trump’s administration has chosen a special envoy for nuclear talks Marshall Billingslea, do you think that the Withe House is serious about negotiating arms control treaties, especially when we talk about the possible extension of the New START? Read few comments.

US President Donald Trump. Credit: White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian

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The killing of General Qasem Soleimani: What’s (perhaps) next for US-Iran relations?

The US said the death of General Qasem Suleimani should deter Tehran from future attacks on American assets. But Iran vows revenge over his killing. So in your opinion, what’s next? Another escalation that could perhaps lead to full scale war? Or maybe something less dramatic, and why? Read few comments.
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G7: Will Trump try to buy the Eiffel Tower?

Do you think that concerns that President Donald Trump might blow up the G7 summit in Biarritz, France are justified, or you would not expect a big drama? Read few comments.

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What would China do about US missiles in the Indo-Pacific region?

Do you think that Beijing might be at some point interested in discussing short medium-range and intermediate-range missiles treaty and what might be China’s reaction if the US will try to deploy such missiles the Indo-Pacific region? Read few comments.
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What should/will allies do about US President Trump and his racist remarks?

Not sure how do you assess this but I think that Trump’s tweets, statements are these days openly racist. Do you think that this is an issue also for the US allies, and do you think it requires some reaction, or not and why? I am asking this because transatlantic relations are based also on values, albeit sometimes pretty vague definition of values. Read few comments.

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