When President Trump bristles at losing American troops in Montenegro, because of a defense pact, does he have a point? Aside from the fact that America must honor such commitments, it does raise the legitimate question as to whether the eastward expansion of NATO since the end of the Cold War is really in our best interest. Michael O’Hanlon is a foreign policy expert at the Brookings Institution whose body of work is quite substantial and compelling in the field of U.S. defense policy. So when he writes a concise tome suggesting that we might want to consider a different construct to defend the sovereignty of eastern European countries, you should read it and listen to him and this podcast. The book, ‘Beyond NATO’, offers a new security architecture for the region, which might make for less tension between the West and Russia and provide for more lasting peace than exists today in region.
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