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NATO must mend its ways and internal discord, say current and former US officials

21 February 2019

As its 70th anniversary approaches in April, NATO needs radical, across-the-board reforms to stymie its internal discord, shore up its ability to confront security challenges, and discipline those allies that stray from the alliance’s core democratic values, says a new report by two former US ambassadors to NATO.

At the same time, the US administration must stop criticising NATO at the risk of fatally undermining transatlantic security relations, warned the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s senior member.

“Instead of attacking our friends in Europe, we should double our efforts to find common ground,” US Senator for New Jersey Bob Menendez said in a speech in Brussels on 18 February.

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