Allies that Make a Difference

“For many Americans, the very idea that a partnership with Indonesia may be more valuable than one with France is jarring. Nonetheless, in the global fight against militant Islam, that’s the reality. The great threats of the past century (Nazism, Communism) put Europe at center stage, and so our European alliances made sense. But today’s strategic challenges emanate from places like Peshawar and Basilan island, not East Berlin and the Baltic Sea. It’s a different world.”

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