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NATO's place in the global economy

After former President Trump's recent clashes with NATO, officials at a global security conference in Munich over the weekend considered what European countries would do if Trump were re-elected and abandoned the United States' treaty obligations.

NATO was founded in the early years of the Cold War. Today it has 31 member states, including the United States, and economically the alliance is important.

“We have entered an era of fairly profound geopolitical instability. And what NATO helps do is create a foundation for greater security and stability in global trade relations,” said Kathleen McInnis, senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “If that is disrupted, it becomes a problem for the markets. Markets like stability.”

On today's show, McInnis talks about the history and future of NATO, why the alliance has existed for nearly 75 years, and how the global economy would react if the United States suddenly withdrew from the alliance.

Also, our findings from the testimony of District Attorney Fani Willis of Fulton County, Georgia. And how SpaceX's national security contracts continue to give Elon Musk international influence.

Later, why cats get stuck in trees. And a former NASA astronaut was wrong about the benefits for us (Earthlings) of going into space.

Here's everything we talked about today:

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