Torrey Taussig was the research director for the Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship at Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center. She was also a nonresident fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Center on the United States and Europe. From 2018-19, Taussig was a Robert Bosch Foundation Fellow based in Berlin, Germany, where she served as a foreign policy advisor in the German Bundestag and in the Transatlantic Division of the German Foreign Office. Previously, Taussig held pre-doctoral and postdoctoral fellowships at the Brookings Institution. She also held a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center. She received a master’s and a doctorate from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a bachelor’s in political science and economics from Williams College. Taussig is a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the advisory council of the U.S.-Europe Alliance. Her research focuses on transatlantic relations, great power competition, and authoritarian challenges to democratic states and institutions.
Even though the Trump administration put a fair amount of diplomatic support behind the Macedonian pathway to NATO, doubts about Trump’s commitment to Article V have not gone away...when that central node of deterrence gets called into question, every NATO member state’s security gets called into question with it — whether NATO were to have 10, 30 or 50 members.
[New U.S. sanctions on 38 Russian oligarchs are] the most significant we have seen yet [under the Trump administration, targeting] the elites that surround Putin... If we are looking for sanctions that will have the ability to affect Putin's calculus, it's these type of actions we would want to see.
The West has, in recent years, been mired in political turmoil and economic stagnation. Citizens have expressed declining trust in domestic institutions and mainstream political parties. Concurrently, Putin and Xi have consolidated power at home and are expanding their military and economic influence beyond their borders.