July 30, 2020 | By Mira Rapp-Hooper, Brian Hanson

Deep Dish: Why Allies are Key for US Security Today

This week, the Pentagon announced a plan to remove 12,000 troops from Germany, a key US ally, claiming the country was “delinquent” on defense spending. The Council on Foreign Relations’ Mira Rapp-Hooper joins Deep Dish to explain why the alliance system is still essential for America’s global leadership – but must be remade to meet the challenges of the 21st century. 

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