Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is visiting the United Kingdom and Denmark this week amid a strain in the transatlantic alliance. President Donald Trump has criticized the low levels of defense spending among fellow NATO members since his 2016 campaign, and his administration has clashed with European allies over issues ranging from trade to the coronavirus pandemic response to relations with China.
The transatlantic alliance has been a pillar of U.S. foreign policy for decades. How should Washington approach the next phase of its partnership with Europe?
Mira Rapp-Hooper explains why the U.S.-led alliance system worked so well in the past—and why the United States needs the support of its allies now more than ever. Scott R. Anderson and Christopher C. Fonzone propose that Congress check the president’s ability to unilaterally withdraw from international agreements. Karen Donfried and Wolfgang Ischinger contend that the coronavirus crisis could be an opportunity to repair U.S.-European relations. Julianne Smith and Torrey Taussig consider Europe’s role amid the intensifying U.S.-Chinese rivalry. Finally, Philip H. Gordon and Jeremy Shapiro argue that there’s no return to the old transatlantic alliance—but the next U.S. president could craft a new one in its place.