Last week, the much-anticipated NATO summit took place in London. Under the influence of an intense media spotlight, ominous predictions of a NATO in crisis and a summit in dispute were fittingly assuaged by a series of reassuring comments by various leaders as well as the "London Declaration" published after the forum.
Still, the prior eyebrow-raising comments of "NATO's brain death" by French President Emmanuel Macron, U.S. President Donald Trump's tough approach to NATO-spending and Turkey's latest incursion against the PKK terrorist organization's offshoot in Syria are all ample food for thought against which the raison d'être of NATO has been scrutinized.
Having described Russia as a "deeply European country," for example, Macron had stated that NATO should focus on the threat from terrorism rather than Russia. But whether NATO focuses on one or the other is a fallacy, for the problem is simply not an either-or issue. What is, in fact, important is how a possible European rapprochement with Russia may be received in Washington, and whether or not the threat from terrorism is blinded by domestic political issues, regional catastrophes such as the Syrian civil war where not all NATO-members empathize with the unique concerns of others, and other unsettled bilateral political situations between member states.
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