Push on to review options for US allies who relied on Mattis

The resignation of Secretary of Defence James Mattis has sent a shock wave through American politics. But its impact overseas may be just as disruptive.

Since President Donald Trump took office, American allies have been hedging about hedging: They have been exploring alternatives to relying on the United States, but have been doing so more cautiously than one might have expected. They have been taking this approach, in no small part, because they hoped Mr Mattis and other "adults in the room" would manage Mr Trump's destructive impulses.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 25, 2018, with the headline 'Push on to review options for US allies who relied on Mattis'. Print Edition | Subscribe