December 03, 2019

Despite Acrimony Among Leaders, NATO Is Making Strides at 70

Featuring Jim Townsend

Source: Foreign Policy

Journalists Lara Seligman, Robbie Gramer

It was, perhaps, an unexpected way to mark NATO’s 70th anniversary. At a remarkably rancorous bilateral meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday, U.S. President Donald Trump—a longtime fierce critic of the North Atlantic alliance—found himself in the unusual position of defending it, after being praised for his leadership by NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.

Only weeks after Macron—in a jab at Trump—had said the alliance was suffering “brain death” because of failing U.S. leadership, the U.S. president began the NATO summit in London with a fiery opening salvo that was strikingly pro-NATO, saying Macron’s comments were “very, very nasty.”

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  • Jim Townsend

    Adjunct Senior Fellow, Transatlantic Security Program

    James Joye Townsend Jr. is an adjunct senior fellow in the CNAS Transatlantic Security Program. After eight years as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (DASD) for European ...