India vs China: Towards a bigger conflict?

At least 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a clash with Chinese forces in Ladakh, Indian officials say. From your perspective, what is behind this eruption of violence? Any concerns that it might escalate into a bigger India vs China conflict? 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 nuclear tests resume?

According to The Washington Post Trump’s officials discussed conducting first U.S. nuclear test since 1992.  From your perspective, what does a debate about the idea of conducting an nuclear test tell us about Trump’s administration thinking regarding arms treaties and non-proliferation regime? If the US would carry out such test what would it mean for international security? Read few comments.

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Is Kim Jong-un screaming I am here?

Amid reshuffling the State Affairs Commission and firing missiles from ground and air is Kim Jong-un vying for the attention of the world in the time of coronacrisis or how would you read current event in North Korea? Read few comments.

President Donald J. Trump meets with North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un. Credit:

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North Macedonia joins NATO. What does it mean for the Alliance and for Skopje?

Alliance is at 30. It is “only” a relatively small North Macedonía but still it is another enlargement for NATO. What does it mean for both sides, for the Alliance and for Montenegro, especially if we take into account current geopolitical situation? Read few comments.

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Coronavirus as a bioweapon for terrorists? Not really

According to media reports federal law enforcement document reveals white supremacists discussed using coronavirus as a bioweapon. From what we know I would say that coronavirus probably won’t be very effective and proper bioweapon, what you think? But on the other hand would you say that the uncertain situation may encourage some terrorist groups that they will try to sow chaos and violence? Read few comments.
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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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Mozambique: What is going on in Cabo Delgado?

How disruptive for Mozambique is/can be the Islamist insurgency in the Cabo Delgado province, does it have a potential to become a regional threat, or probably not, and why? Read few comments.

According to UNHCR, at least 100,000 people are now displaced throughout the Cabo Delgado province due to continuing violence. Credit: UNHCR/Eduardo Burmeister

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Michael Strank: Born in Czechoslovakia, died in the Battle of Iwo Jima

Michael Strank (November 10, 1919 – March 1, 1945). A Marine born in Czechoslovakia in Jarabina (now Slovakia) was one of the six flag-raisers who helped raise US flag atop Mount Suribachi on February 23, 1945. Amid visible tensions in transatlantic relations, do you think that stories how we fought together have at least some symbolic meaning, could such stories serve as a reminder that it is worth to keep those relations alive? Or people probably do not care much about this anymore (if I will be cynical)? Read few comments.

Michael Strank

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Afghanistan: The best chance for a peace process?

How do you assess the temporary truce the United States and the Taliban have agreed to? Is this the best chance we ever had in 18 years of war to achieve some peace process in Afghanistan, or perhaps an optimism is misplaced, and why? Read few comments.

Slovak soldiers in Afghanistan. Credit: Andrej Matisak

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