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Wed, Jul 18, 2018

Trump Questions Whether US Troops Should Defend NATO Ally

President Donald Trump cast new doubt on his willingness to come to the defense of NATO allies

NATOSource by John Vandiver, Stars and Stripes

NATO Russia

Wed, Jul 18, 2018

Can NATO Allies Effectively Utilize Increases in Defense Spending?

Decreases in NATO members’ defense budgets in the years before Vladimir Putin’s takeover of Crimea in 2014 created readiness problems in Europe just as they have in America,

NATOSource by Andrew Clevenger, Roll Call

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President Donald Trump, February 10, 2011 (photo: Gage Skidmore)

Thu, Jul 5, 2018

Trump Tells NATO Allies to Pay More for Defense, Raising Tensions Ahead of Summit

President Trump is telling NATO allies they must pick up more of the costs for defense of the alliance, ratcheting up tensions

NATOSource by David Jackson, USA Today

NATO Northern Europe

Jorge Benitez is a nonresident senior fellow in the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security.

He specializes in NATO and transatlantic relations, European politics, and US national security. He has been interviewed or cited by a broad range of media sources such as CNN, the BBC, the Los Angeles Times, the Christian Science Monitor, U.S. News and World Report, Bloomberg News, Defense News, POLITICO, the National Interest, Xinhua, the Global Times, Russia Today, Kommersant, Hurriyet, Handelsblatt, Al Arabiya, Al Hurra, Al Jazeera, Sky News, and the Congressional Research Service.

Dr. Benitez previously served as assistant for Alliance issues to the director of NATO Affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He has also served as a specialist in international security for the Department of State and the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis.

Dr. Benitez received his BA from the University of Florida, his MPP from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and his PhD from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.