There’s been a lot of talk recently about whether NATO—an alliance started after World War II—is still relevant in today’s world. The answer is a simple and unequivocal “yes.” It is.
The alliance is on the front lines of our efforts to counteract Russia’s growing ambitions in Europe and beyond. But NATO does need to evolve, to meet the growing threats of the 21st century. It should be oriented, for example, toward efforts to counter the growing threats of cyber-terrorism and Russian efforts to meddle in democratic elections in member nations.
And: NATO members must contribute their fair share. President Trump is right to press our European allies to invest more in their own defensive capacities.
But NATO has been, and continues to be, an integral part of our national security strategy.
It’s an alliance worth defending.