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NATO: An Investment for US Foreign Policy

When President-elect Donald Trump assumes office in January, he will face the weight of America’s sprawling array of international priorities and security obligations. While Trump has sometimes appeared eager to jettison longtime international relationships, perhaps no issue is so important or fundamental to US national security than our commitments to Europe. While Europe tends to attract criticism — and not necessarily unfairly — for its low levels of defense spending, its position as an anchor for peace and prosperity is a cornerstone of US national interests. Trump, while perhaps more incendiary in his terminology, is hardly the first person to decry European “free riding” from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Indeed, Republican and Democrat US defense secretaries have expressed similar misgivings. Adm. James Stavridis, a once-rumored dark horse for Secretary Hi...

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