This could be the year US alliances fall apart

After two years under rhetorical assault from the president, US alliances have somehow held up. This year, however, the constraints on US President Donald Trump's anti-alliance instincts are falling away, and a mix of internal and external pressures are endangering several key alliances at once.

This trend is most visible with respect to Nato. The transatlantic alliance has been a target of Mr Trump's ire for decades. Since taking office, he has berated European leaders, waffled on America's Article 5 commitment to protect allies, and even mused about withdrawing from the pact.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 01, 2019, with the headline 'This could be the year US alliances fall apart'. Subscribe