The transatlantic alliance has the best chance since the fall of the Berlin Wall for a renaissance of its capabilities and strategic importance.
President Trump’s first foreign trip as commander in chief began May 19 and included stops at NATO headquarters in Brussels and in Italy for a Group of Seven meeting. When it concluded May 27, many commentators argued that U.S.-European relations were at a post-World War II low point.
The big idea: James Mattis, on a tour across Asia designed to reassure allies who are panicked about President Trump’s “America First” foreign policy, was asked several hours after Saturday’s terrorist attack on the London Bridge whether he had any reaction.
In the years since the Cold War, it is hard to recall a time when there was as much hand-wringing and dire prognosticating about NATO’s impending demise as has followed the swearing in of U.S. President Donald Trump. There is hardly a story on NATO that does not proclaim that Americans and Europeans are about to go their separate ways, and barely a speech by a U.S. or European official that does not trigger editorials opining that the alliance is on its last legs, that the allies no longer see eye to eye, and that the United States is about to pack up and leave Europe.
ussian President Vladimir Putin has expressed deep opposition to the idea of Sweden joining NATO, calling its potential membership of the U.S.-led alliance a “threat” that would need to be “eliminated.”