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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg chairs the NAC-ICI meeting of NATO member states.

The World Didn’t Change Much in 2019. That’s Bad News for 2020.

Several important events occurred this year, but few did anything to significantly alter global trends.

French President Emmanuel Macron walks during a "Prise d'armes" military ceremony at the Invalides in Paris, on November 26, 2018.

Emmanuel Macron’s New Strategy Is Disruption

The French president is intentionally trying to change NATO and the EU—and the sooner the rest of Europe realizes it’s for their own good, the better.

U.S. Ambassador to Denmark Carla Sands attends a reception in Denmark.

Trump Administration Blocks Another Critic from Speaking Abroad

The Denmark incident reveals how skittish the U.S. State Department has become when engaging with experts who have criticized the president’s policies.

U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the NATO summit in London on Dec. 4.

NATO Is Struggling Under Trans-Atlantic Tensions

After this week’s summit, members must keep turmoil in the political side of the alliance from undermining its military purpose.

U.S. President Donald Trump arrives for the NATO summit at the Grove hotel northwest of London on Dec. 4.

What Trump Gets Right About Alliances

The president is correct to call the bluff of rich allies who free-ride on U.S. military might.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg talks at a press conference during the NATO summit in Hertford, England, on Dec. 4.

Stoltenberg’s Show of Unity

Tensions at NATO’s anniversary gathering aside, the secretary-general defends the alliance’s record.

US President Donald Trump speaks during his meeting with Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at Winfield House, London on Dec. 3, 2019.

NATO Defense Funds Have Been Building for Years, but Trump Wants the Credit

Renewed defense spending by European states is in part a response to Russian aggression.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg

Despite Acrimony Among Leaders, NATO Is Making Strides at 70

Trump’s bullying prompted NATO Chief Stoltenberg to praise the U.S. president for his “leadership on defense spending,” and the alliance is bolstering itself against Russia.

Belarusian opposition protesters carry a giant flag during a rally in Minsk on March 24, 2013.

Belarus May Be Key to Solving NATO’s Problems with Russia

Tensions between Moscow and Brussels have led to a dangerous militarization of Eastern Europe. But Minsk is showing an alternative.

French President Emmanuel Macron (right) jokes with U.S. President Donald Trump (center) next to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (left) as they arrive for the NATO summit in Brussels on July 11, 2018.

Don’t Blame Turkey for NATO’s Woes

Emmanuel Macron thinks the Atlantic alliance is brain-dead, but its problems have deeper roots than the recent U.S.-Turkish spat over Syria.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg gestures during a speech at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Feb. 15, 2018.

Stoltenberg to Macron: NATO’s Not Dead Yet

The NATO secretary-general shoots back at the French president, praising the U.S. commitment to the organization and warning of a divided Europe.

U.S. President Donald Trump reaches to shake Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's hand

How to Tell if You’re in a Good Alliance

Not all allies are made equal. But who’s worth the commitment, and who’s not?

A line of U.S. military vehicles in Syria's northern city of Manbij on Dec. 30, 2018 after U.S. President Donald Trump first announced in  that U.S. troops would depart Syria.

Kobani Today, Krakow Tomorrow 

Washington has abandoned the Kurds. If Europe doesn’t bolster its defenses, the Poles, Lithuanians, and Latvians could be next. 

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence addresses NATO member on Sept. 1, the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II, in Warsaw, Poland.

Trump’s Defense Cuts in Europe Will Backfire

Rather than distributing military burdens equitably, Washington’s rollbacks weaken both the United States and its allies.

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Coming Sept. 23: And Now the Hard Part

Foreign Policy and the Brookings Institution are teaming up for a new podcast focused on practical solutions to the biggest challenges facing the world today.

Russian President Vladimir Putin greets Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the sidelines of the G-20 leaders summit in Osaka on June 29.

Trump Can’t Stop Putin From Poaching U.S. Allies

The United States failed to stop Russia’s S-400 sale to Turkey despite having the tools to do so. Don’t be surprised if the Kremlin continues to use arms sales to extend its influence.

Iranian Revolutionary Guards patrol around the British-flagged tanker  Stena Impero, with 23 crew members aboard, off the port of Bandar Abbas on July 21, after they seized it in the Strait of Hormuz.

Uncle Sam Doesn’t Have Your Back

Donald Trump and Mike Pompeo have made it clear that the United States is no longer committed to protecting Europe. The need for a viable pan-European defense force has never been greater.

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Who Lost Turkey?

The blame for Ankara’s antagonistic stance to Washington lies with both sides, a product of decades of misunderstandings.

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