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NATO Summit 2018

The Secretary Of Reassurance Has Resigned: Farewell To Mattis

Posted by Paul McLeary on


WASHINGTON: After two years of reassuring US allies that Donald Trump’s America would not abandon them, Jim Mattis finally had enough. Even before Trump was sworn in as president, the announcement that he would pick Mattis as his Secretary of Defense was met with delighted relief “from the right, from the left, and from overseas.”… Keep reading →

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Mattis in Europe Shows His Influence, And Challenges of Translating Trump

Posted by Paul McLeary on


Fresh from the drama of Brussels, Defense Secretary Mattis visited NATO allies across Europe to preach stability, forward progress, and friendship. He remains a popular figure on the continent, but rumblings from Washington have the NATO alliance concerned.

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F-35 Lot 11 ‘Handshake’; Navarro Not Coming As Farnborough Readies

Posted by Colin Clark on


The supposedly “historic” high-level delegation the Trump administration was supposed to be sending to the Farnborough Air Show keeps getting less and less historic.

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Trump’s Wrecking Ball Ideology

Posted by James Kitfield on


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A year ago, it would have been tempting to write off President Trump’s “bull in a china shop” diplomacy as the product of inexperience and impulsiveness. However, after eighteen months in the White House tenure, Trump is looking like a man with a method, a leader acting according to a consistent ideology — if not… Keep reading →

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Mattis, Visiting Balkans, Sees Russian Meddling and ‘Hybrid’ Threats to Allies

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Russia is threatening the confidence of the young democracies in the Balkan region, where countries have been flocking to NATO and the European Union and leaving Moscow behind.

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Can’t Spend? Won’t Spend? 4 Lessons From NATO’s Bottom Lines

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


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Most NATO nations don’t pay much. Most nations CAN’T pay much. Most spend on the wrong things. But most of them are moving in the right direction.

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Focus On What You Do For NATO, Europe, Not The $$

Posted by Michael Matlaga on


As feared, President Donald Trump came out swinging at the NATO summit. He castigated Germany for being subservient to Russia (guess he forgot about his idea to welcome Russia back to the G-7) and continued his focus on getting Europe to spend more on defense. Given the political environment, we welcome these constructive suggestions for how Europe… Keep reading →

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Trump Rips Germany; NATO Allies Push Quality Over Quantity

Posted by Paul McLeary on


Canada, Germany say they’re doing plenty to provide security and strengthen the alliance without spending two percent of their GDP on defense, pushing back against Trump’s criticisms.

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NATO Has A Good Story To Tell, But Is Its Audience Of One Listening?

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Allies from Norway to Romania are buying big-ticket weapons systems produced by the American defense industry, and more NATO countries are inching toward agreed-upon defense spending goals. But is it enough?

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NATO Must Revamp Wartime Command Structure

Posted by Lucja Swiatkowski Cannon on


Our Paul McLeary is traveling with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to the NATO Summit in Brussels this week so we’ll be providing in-depth alliance coverage leading up to RIAT and Farnborough and during President Trump’s European visit. Tomorrow, we’re publishing another NATO piece by Michael Matlaga of CSIS. In keeping with all that, we offer this… Keep reading →

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