New visa rule for international students is a terrible idea

The US bars international college students if their school’s classes are all online. There is a political angle to this as it is clear pattern within the Trump’s administration regarding immigration restrictions. But I would be also interested in your view as you are an academic. Do you think that this step is harmful for the US universities, that are/were able to attract talents from around the world? Read few comments.

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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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Will the death of George Floyd change something?

President Donald Trump tweeted: When the looting starts, the shooting starts. What do you think about Trump’s statement regarding the protests in Minneapolis over the death of an unarmed George Floyd? Unfortunately, I do not think that Floyd’s case is the last one, but do you think that it has the potential to change something in terms of police approaches? Read few comments.
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Twitter is not going to change Trump’s behavior

As Twitter tags Trump tweets with fact-checking warning ,Trump, of course, claims it is a censorship, but the view is  that social media have a right to somehow regulate false statements of politicians, especially if those messages might have a widespread effect. But it will hardly change Trump’s behavior and it will not change anything on how his supporters consume President’s messages. Would you agree, or perhaps not, and why? Read few comments.

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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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Is Trump running against Obama?

It seems that the current favorite focus of President Donald Trump is to attack Barack Obama. We can probably say that Trump is somehow obsessed with his predecessor, but in the framework of upcoming presidential elections, how much does it make sense to attack Obama as he is pretty popular? Read few comments.

Barack Obama served as the 44th President of the United States. Credit: https://www.whitehouse.gov/

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Tara Reade’s case: Does Joe Biden have a problem?

As a former neighbor of Joe Biden’s accuser Tara Reade has come forward to corroborate her sexual-assault account, do you think it might become an issue for the Biden’s campaign? Or better to ask should this be an issue for  the Biden’s campaign? Read few comments.

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

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What can Joe Biden use against Donald Trump?

As Joe Biden has all but won the presidential Democratic nomination, from your perspective, what is his biggest strength(s) he will use and his biggest weakness(es) he will try to suppress when facing President Donald Trump? Read few comments.

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

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Coronavirus crisis, Trump’s style

How is Donald Trump’s style of presidency (un)fit for the current coronavirus crisis? Read few comments.


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Trump simply rejects information he does not like. But you don’t bury coronavirus

According to The Washington Post report U.S. intelligence agencies were issuing warnings in January and February about the global danger posed by the coronavirus, albeit  they didn’t predict when the virus might land on U.S. shores or recommend particular steps that public health officials should take. “Donald Trump may not have been expecting this, but a lot of other people in the government were — they just couldn’t get him to do anything about it,” one official said. “The system was blinking red.” While we all know that intelligence report are not always perfect in predicting the future, it seems Trump really paid very little attention to it. So from your perspective, how usual or unusual was President Trump’s response, or lack of it, taking into account that he red same intelligence reports? Read few comments.

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