Alliance rebrands counter-terrorism role and burden sharing commitment in attempt to appease President Trump

This was the first NATO Summit attended by President Trump and newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron. It was a very short Summit agenda geared almost exclusively on President Trump’s wish list: stepping up NATO’s role in the fight against terrorism and fairer burden sharing in the alliance.

The Summit saw a modest repackaging of existing NATO commitments in an attempt to placate President Trump. While there remains uncertainty about the future direction of US policy towards NATO, so far, the US administration has not backed away from those earlier commitments.