May 24, 2017

Trump to visit NATO headquarters

By Julianne Smith

Source: Washington Times

Journalist(s) Carlo Muños

The surge in Taliban violence and attacks by the Islamic State in Afghanistan will be at the center of President Trump’s focus when he visits NATO headquarters in Brussels on Thursday.

With U.S. officials signaling the president hopes to lock in commitments for a possible alliance-wide troop increase in Afghanistan, analysts say the commander in chief’s self-professed deal making prowess will be put to the test at a moment when the administration’s wider strategy for the war-torn nation remains unclear.

“Allies know that the United States is debating another surge [in Afghanistan],” said Julianne Smith, a former NATO policy adviser at the Pentagon who heads the Transatlantic Security Program at the Washington-based Center for a New American Security think tank.

Read the full article on Washington Times.

  • Julianne Smith

    Senior Fellow and Director, Transatlantic Security Program

    Julianne (“Julie”) Smith is Senior Fellow and Director of the Transatlantic Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. She is a contributing editor to Fo...