The transatlantic NATO relationship has been a hallmark of the liberal international order for decades. NATO is also a source of global peace and stability.
But rising populism and inequality, coupled with surprising election outcomes in the United States and Europe, may signal an end to this historic relationship. But others aren’t as worried, saying the relationship has weathered turbulent times before, including the Iraq War.
As long as the U.S. and Europe face common threats, including China, election-hacking, and terrorism, they argue, the bond will remain strong. Is the transatlantic relationship as we know it doomed? Or will it prevail for decades to come?
Watch an interesting debate presented by IQ2 IntelligenceSquared Debates in partnership with The German Marshall Fund’s Brussels Forum. It was broadcasted live from Brussels, Belgium.
Debate: The Transatlantic NATO Relationship Has Been Irreparably Damaged
For: Federiga Bindi – Professor, University of Rome Tor Vergata Constanze Stelzenmüller – Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
Against: John J. Mearsheimer – American Political Scientist & Professor, University of Chicago Carla Norrlof – Professor, University of Toronto
At the same time, US President Donald Trump renewed his threat to release ISIS fighters back to the European countries. He warns that US would drop them at the border and the Europeans will have to capture them again.
Trump told reporters at the White House that the U.S. did Europe a “tremendous favor”. He mentioned the United States is not going to have thousands and thousands of people that we have captured stationed at Guantanamo Bay, spending billions and billions of dollars.
– Does US president still believe in the transatlantic NATO relationship?
Transatlantic relations refer to the historic, cultural, political, economic and social relations between countries on both side of the Atlantic Ocean. Sometimes it specifically means relationships between the Anglophone North American countries (the United States and Canada), and particular European countries or organizations, although other meanings are possible.
There are a number of issues over which the United States and Europe generally disagree. On the other hand, there are many other issues upon which they agree.