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A photograph of the Royal Navy frigates HMS Iron Duke (F234), left, and HMS Westminster (F237), the Royal Norwegian Navy frigate KNM Helge Ingstad (F313), the Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08), the U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG-75), the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77), and the guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG-58) underway in formation during exercise "Saxon Warrior 2017", 8 August 2017.

The United States needs to prioritize three core relationships in Europe to reflect the distribution of threats across Europe

The US Needs to Boost Bilateral Relationships in Europe

February 2018, Zahl 001

Re-Anchoring NATO: The US Needs to Boost Bilateral Relationships in Europe - And it should start by focusing on the “strategic triad” of the United Kingdom, Germany, and Poland.

It is difficult to give up on the old ways of doing business, for established patterns and routines bring comfort and predictability to everyday interactions, allowing bureaucracies to coast along the lines of pre-existing guidance and leaders to tout minor adjustments as breakthroughs. This truism also applies to how nation states approach national security, how they structure their interactions, and what assumptions politicians and diplomats bring to the table when looking at the international chessboard...

Excerpt from The American Interest, February 12, 2018.

This article reflects the views of the author and are not necessarily the official policy of the United States, Germany, or any other governments.