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President Donald Trump speaks during a working lunch with NATO members in Watford, England. President Donald Trump speaks during a working lunch with NATO members that have met their financial commitments to the the organization, in Watford, England, Dec. 4, 2019 (AP photo by Evan Vucci).

Amid Questions Over Its Strategic Purpose, NATO Proves to Be Resilient

Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019

Leaders from NATO member states gathered in the U.K. this week for a two-day meeting to celebrate the alliance’s 70th anniversary. U.S. President Donald Trump is taking credit for increased military spending on the part of some NATO members, a frequent point of contention between the U.S. and its trans-Atlantic allies. But the challenges facing the alliance go well beyond that issue, as some European leaders are asking much more fundamental questions about the very essence and structure of NATO itself. To discuss the challenges facing NATO, WPR’s Elliot Waldman is joined by Claudia Major, a security expert at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs.

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