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Mattis’ Shadow: NATO’s Reception of Shanahan

February 20, 2019

Episode Notes:

Last week, Acting Defense Secretary Shanahan visited Iraq, Afghanistan, NATO, and the Munich Security Conference. It was the first meeting Shanahan had with his 28 fellow NATO defense ministers since Mattis’s abrupt resignation last month.

Sten Rynning, Head of the Center for War Studies and Professor of Political Science at the University of Southern Denmark and author of NATO Renewed: The Power and Purpose of Transatlantic Security Cooperation, joins the Warcast to discuss the agenda, reception, and outcomes.

[ 0:17 ] Introduction
[ 0:55 ] NATO's agenda items
[ 2:38 ] NATO's reception of Shanahan
[ 4:01 ] Takeaways from the meeting
[ 7:49 ] How NATO treats the U.S. differently under the Trump Administration
[ 9:40 ] The theme of contention: Iran

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