- The role of the United States within NATO is still under discussion after Donald Trump.
- Even if the US does not leave NATO, Europe could initially find itself alone, says defense expert Dick Zandee.
- Business Insider spoke to the Clingendael expert about the future of NATO, with or without America’s membership.
According to Winston Churchill, waging war with your allies is bad, but fighting a war without allies is the worst thing that can happen to a country. After decades of working together – in the European project of the EU, NATO and other alliances – the West is quietly preparing in the background for a future without an important friend: the United States.
Ever since Donald Trump descended on his gold-colored escalator into Trump Tower in the summer of 2015, there has been real fear that America may withdraw from NATO. During the presidency of the orange-colored New York reality star, this possible decision hung like a sword of Damocles on the international community. Because inappropriately he seized every opportunity to hesitating about compliance with Article 5 of the NATO Charter: that if a Member State is attacked, all Member States react. The foundation on which the entire alliance rests.