Allied American
December 10, 2009

The post of US ambassador to NATO has traditionally entailed – alongside its obvious political importance – plenty of symbolism, ceremony and plodding co-ordination with other allied capitals. But there is little US-inspired ceremony and symbolism at NATO these days, and even less co-ordination to celebrate, as the 28 allies grapple with some of the toughest policy issues ever to challenge the transatlantic bond.