As founding members of NATO, the United States and Italy have enjoyed a productive security relationship since the end of World War Two. But in recent years, the post-Cold War strategic status quo in the Mediterranean has been eroded by Turkey’s increasing alignment with Russia, exemplified by its recent purchase of Russian S-400 missile systems. Because the U.S.-Italy alliance has been so enduring, because Italy is a key manufacturer of F-35’s, and because Turkish incursions prevent fellow NATO ally Greece from being a similarly dependable partner to the U.S., our relationship with Italy matters now more than ever.
Lexington Institute’s Sarah White has written a commentary on this subject here.
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