President Donald Trump, who has spent months issuing conflicting statements on the U.S. commitment to NATO, had a tense meeting with alliance leaders in Brussels on May 25. In an ongoing series of Global Insider interviews, WPR has been examining how NATO has evolved and how individual members conceive of their roles within it.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence traveled to Europe over the weekend in an effort to reassure nervous allies about America’s commitment to NATO and the trans-Atlantic relationship. First in Munich, at the annual security conference there, and then in Brussels, Pence delivered a message more in line with what Europeans are used to hearing about the American approach to the alliance. Like U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis, who preceded him last week in Brussels, Pence added a pinch of tough love to the healthy dose of soothing affection. Europeans will need to contribute more to their defense if they expect [...]