As Trump Goes Back On Commitments, Nations Wonder If U.S. Is Still A Reliable Ally
Following his phone call with Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on October 6, President Donald Trump ordered the withdrawal of about 1,000 US soldiers from northern Syria and has since precipitated a crisis. His move has been seen as betraying an ally. Now, the Taliban must also be wondering whether they should revive the pursuit of a deal with the US, or wait for Trump to similarly lose patience– especially as American presidential elections draw close – and abandon his ostensible ally, the Afghan government in Kabul.
Around world capitals, there is now considerable anxiety over how reliable a partner the US can be under Trump, and a move to recalibrate strategies have already begun. To ally or not to ally with the US is the question that is worrying many. Trust and predictability are vital for alliance commitments to endure, and for risk-prone joint efforts that are undertaken.