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Steve Bannon, former White House Chief Strategist to U.S. President Donald Trump, speaks at a debate at Zofin Palace on May 22, 2018 in Prague, Czech Republic.

The Nationalist Internationale Is Crumbling

Steve Bannon is trying to sell Trumpism to Eastern Europeans—but shared ideologies die hard when they run into economic and military realities.

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel greets German Chancellor Angela Merkel for a working dinner in Brussels on July 11, 2018, during the NATO summit.

Europe Should Call Trump’s Bluff

Spending 4 percent of the EU’s GDP on defense would boost sagging economies and protect the continent at a time when U.S. leadership is lacking.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, U.S. President Donald Trump, and British Prime Minister Theresa May at a NATO summit in Brussels on July 11. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Trump Fumed, but NATO Members Got What They Wanted

Think the NATO summit was a complete dumpster fire? Think again.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel chats with sailors of the German Navy while she visited the "Braunschweig" warship on January 19, 2016 in Kiel, Germany.

Trump Is Right About Germany’s Low-Energy Military

Berlin needs to spend more on defense, but the U.S. president's public demands are making it politically impossible.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, listens as U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting at the White House in Washington, D.C. on May 17, 2018. (Andrew Harrer-Pool/Getty Images)

NATO Chief Worried About Fissures Between United States and Europe

In an interview with Foreign Policy, Jens Stoltenberg cautioned against a new arms race with Russia.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel walks past sailors of the German Navy while visiting the "Braunschweig" warship on January 19, 2016 in Kiel, Germany.

Merkel’s Military Revival

Germany is poised to become Europe’s first line of defense, but facing down a revanchist Russia will require more spending and better coordination among NATO allies.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg answers journalists' questions as he arrives to attend the 54th Munich Security Conference on Feb. 16. (Andreas Gebert/AFP/Getty Images)

If America Is First, Is NATO Second?

An interview with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.

US Secretary for Defense James Mattis in Brussels on February 14, 2018. (VIRGINIA MAYO/AFP/Getty Images)

The Military’s ‘Readiness’ Scam Worked Again

The Pentagon always complains for more money – and politicians always eventually give in.

A U.S. Air Force 'Reaper' drone passes a C-130 cargo plane at an airbase in the Persian Gulf on Jan. 7, 2016. (John Moore/Getty Images)

America’s Military Is Choking on Old Technology

As its rivals invest in new military hardware, Washington is stuck refurbishing obsolete equipment.

U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis inspects honor guards during a visit to Jakarta on Jan. 23. (Bay Ismoyo/AFP/Getty Images)

Can Mattis Succeed Where His Predecessors Have Failed?

The 2018 National Defense Strategy has its priorities straight. But budgetary challenges could get in the way.

U.S. soldiers on M113 armored vehicles take part during the Warrior Strike VIII exercise at the Rodriguez Range on Sept. 19, 2017, in Pocheon, South Korea. (Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

Mattis’s Defense Strategy Is Bold

The only problem is, it's not realistic about funding.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks at the State Department on April 19, in Washington, DC.  (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Rex Tillerson Is About to Make a Terrible Mistake

The knives are out for "F" at the State Department. The secretary should be strengthening rather than dismantling it.

A Department of Homeland Security official at a train station in Jersey City, New Jersey on February 7, 2006. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Trump Administration Seeks to Slash Counterterrorism Funding

On the chopping block: incident response teams, air marshals, and nuclear detection.

Pakistani soldiers walk at the premises of an Agriculture Training Institute after an attack by Taliban militants in Peshawar on Dec. 1, 2017. (Abdul Majeed/AFP/Getty Images)

Pentagon Has No Plans to Lift Freeze on Funds for Pakistan

Even after the Pentagon chief’s visit to Islamabad, the two sides remain at an impasse.

A U.S. soldier takes cover near a patrol base south of Baghdad, Iraq, on Aug. 29, 2007. (David Furst/AFP/Getty Images)

America’s Military Doesn’t Have Enough Money to Do Its Job

Donald Trump promised a bigger defense budget, but the Pentagon is still waiting.

Alphabet executive chairman Eric Schmidt, left, speaks to Foreign Policy editor in chief Jonathan Tepperman at the Halifax International Security Forum on Nov. 18. (Halifax International Security Forum)

‘Quantum Computing … Changes Everything’

Google’s Eric Schmidt talks to Foreign Policy about the future of technology, security, and killer robots.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (right) talks with Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) as they attend a press event on tax reform on Sept. 27, at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

The GOP Tax Plan Is a Threat to National Security

As our federal debt spirals up and up, military readiness will inevitably suffer.

KEHL, GERMANY - APRIL 04:  Military attend the commemoration for the dead NATO soldiers during the NATO summit at the Passerelle des Deux-Rives on April 4, 2009 in Kehl, Germany. Heads of state, foreign ministers and defence ministers of the 28 NATO member countries are participating in the summit from April 3-4 in Strasbourg, Kehl and Baden Baden to mark the 60th anniversary of the transatlantic military and political organization. (Photo by action press-Pool/Getty Images)

Trump Was Right: NATO Is Obsolete

To fight the wars to come, the transatlantic alliance is going to need to start spending more — but not on tanks and fighter jets.

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Trump Discovers Article 5 After Disastrous NATO Visit

Trump’s public performance in Brussels was a disaster. Behind closed doors, it was even worse.

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