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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Avangard HGV: What advantage does it give to Russia?

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the Avangard ICBM system is a weapon of the future that can penetrate both existing and any future missile defense systems and others are trying to catch up with Russia on this. But in your opinion is the Avangard really so unique, from what we know what military advantage it gives to Russia, if any? Read few comments.

Russian President Vladimir Putin. Credit: http://eng.putin.kremlin.ru/

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NATO Leaders Meeting: Is the Alliance in good shape?

It should be more or less a celebratory summit in London, they even don’t call this event a summit, its NATO Leaders meeting, but what do you expect from the Alliance gathering in terms of discussions? And while one of the aims is to show unity, having in one room Presidents Trump, Macron and Erdogan (and the others, of course), probably won’t add too much to unity, will it? Read few comments.


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Drones and how to use them

This is a broad question but in what areas of warfare do you see the biggest effect of using UAVs/drones, perhaps also taking into account that it seems that use of (relatively) cheap unmanned weaponry is spreading beyond nation states? Read few comments.

A maintenance Airman inspects an MQ-9 Reaper in Afghanistan Sept. 31.(Courtesy photo), https://www.af.mil/

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NATO at 70: How that happened and what’s next

It’s birthday time for NATO as the Alliance was established on April 4, 1949. Taking into account that NATO was born in a very different era are you surprised that NATO celebrates 70th anniversary? Do you think that NATO will celebrate also 80th, or maybe even 100th anniversary, or perhaps not, and why? Read few comments.

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Will an arm race in Europe reappear without INF missile ban?

We are basically counting hours before the Trump administration will announce that it will walk away from the INF Treaty. It will create a new situation, so what could be done to mitigate the damage and should we be worried about possible new arms race in Europe? Read few comments.

All Allies agreed that Russia’s SSC-8 system violates the INF Treaty, says NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Credit: https://www.nato.int/

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What’s next for Ukraine-Russia relations?

What’s next for Russia-Ukraine conflict, do you think that what’s is going on in Azov Sea is somehow a new phase, or not and why? Read few comments.
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What to expect from Trump at NATO summit?

Do  you think that President Donald Trump can cause some real headaches during the NATO summit, or there is a chance it will be less dramatic? Read few comments.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and the President of the
United States of America, Donald Trump. Credit: http://www.nato.int

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How would you describe upcoming NATO summit?

In terms of initiatives that are on the table how would you assess the upcoming NATO summit, does it have an ambitious agenda or is it more about how NATO is mostly completing issues that we are dealing with for some time, or is it a bit of both, and why? Read few comments.

New NATO headquarter. Credit: https://www.nato.int/

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Trump-Kim summit: Will Asia-Pacific security architecture change?

Stopping military exercises with South Korea, potentially bringing American troops in SK home. That’s what US President Trump said after meeting Kim Jong-un. Do you think it perhaps could be a start of some changes in Asia-Pacific security architecture, and would you say some changes are needed? Or this basically nothing, and why? Read few comments.

The guided-missile destroyer USS O’Kane (DDG 77) returns from deployment to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Credit: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Holly L. Herline

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