Conflict. Famine. South Sudan’s sad story and (perhaps) what to do

It seems that at this moment South Sudan is pretty sad story. Following several years of instability parts of the country now experienced a famine. What went wrong in your opinion and how the local actors and broader international community should react on this situation? Read few comments.

Children in Juba in a bit better times. From my visit in 2011. Credit: Andrej Matisak

Children in Juba in a bit better times. From my visit in 2011. Credit: Andrej Matisak

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National Security Advisor: McMaster is a superb choice but he is walking into a difficult situation

As Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster is as a new national security advisor what do you expect from him to bring to the White House, what is needed in the current situation to bring to the role of national security advisor? Read few comments.

Lt. Gen H. R. McMaster. Credit: https://www.csis.org/

Lt. Gen H. R. McMaster. Credit: https://www.csis.org/

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US may moderate its commitment to NATO. What does it mean?

SecDef James Mattis said NATO allies must pay more or US will moderate its commitment.

US Secretary of DefenseJames Mattis and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Credit: www.nato.int

US Secretary of DefenseJames Mattis and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Credit: http://www.nato.int

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Trump needs new National Security Advisor. But what is he looking for?

After National Security Advisor Michael Flynn resigned there is no doubt that the President Donald Trump’s administration is surrounded by various accusation about what might be an inappropriate contacts with Russia. So what’s next for the White House?

Gen. Mike Flynn (Ret.). Credit: https://www.gop.com/

Gen. Mike Flynn (Ret.). Credit: https://www.gop.com/

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Does Afghanistan need more foreign troops?

US commander in Afghanistan General John Nicholson was talking about stalemate in Afghanistan, about the need for few thousands more troops. There are still more than 13 000 NATO soldiers, including 8 400 US troops, deployed to Afghanistan. Mainly in the framework of training mission Resolute Support.

General John Nicholson (Commander Resolute Support) with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Credit:

General John Nicholson (Commander Resolute Support) with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Credit: http://www.nato.int

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Trump’s ban as a propaganda tool for ISIS, al-Qaeda, other jihadis?

Do you think that President Donald Trump executive order regarding banning citizens of 7 predominately Muslim countries and refugees from entering the US might be a good propagandistic tool for ISIS, al-Qaeda and other jihadi groups or not, why? Read few comments.

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Trump has nuclear codes. WHAT!? Or just so what?

On the scale from 1-10, when 1 is everything is OK, and 10 is a nuclear apocalypse, where do you think are we with Donald Trump? Do you consider the fact he gets nuclear codes as somehow risky, or not and why? And I am asking this questions also in the light of broader situation regarding nuclear weapons when suddenly at least from Russia in Europe it seems we have more discussions about nukes and how to use them.

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