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Why Allies are Key for US Security Today

CFR's Mira Rapp-Hooper explains why NATO is still essential for America’s global leadership – but must be remade to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
Angela Merkel and Donald Trump face eachother at the NATO Summit.
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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. 

About the Guests
Mira Rapp-Hooper
Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
Mira Rapp-Hooper is a senior fellow at Yale Law School’s Paul Tsai China Center, and the author of the 2020 release Shields of the Republic: The Triumph and Peril of America’s Alliances. Rapp-Hooper holds a BA in history from Stanford University, as well as an MA, MPhil, and PhD in political science from Columbia University.
Vice President, Studies
Council expert Brian Hanson
Brian Hanson is the Vice President of Studies at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs with expertise in policy and politics. He oversees the Council's research operations and hosts the weekly podcast, Deep Dish on Global Affairs.
Council expert Brian Hanson
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