Italy Is Becoming More Important To U.S. Security. Here Are Five Reasons Why.

Nov 16, 2021 691

BY: Loren Thompson

As China’s economic and military power has surged in recent years, U.S. defense preparations have become heavily focused on the Western Pacific. However, the United States is a global player with security concerns in other regions. Europe is arguably the area of greatest geopolitical importance to Washington, because it is the cradle of Western civilization and its geography makes the region far more susceptible to cross-border aggression.

In the years ahead, great-power conflict involving U.S. forces is at least as likely in Eastern Europe as it is in the Western Pacific. Washington is not formally committed to the defense of Taiwan if that nation is attacked; it is committed by treaty to the defense of several NATO nations sharing a common border with Russia.

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