How America could lose its allies | 2020 Election

What is NATO? And why is it still around?
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For 150 years, the US avoided formal alliances. It occasionally went to war -- fighting the War of 1812, the Spanish-American War, and World War I -- but did so without entangling itself in promises to other countries. Then, after World War II, it abruptly changed course, and began to build a network of alliances unlike anything that had come before.
Over the next few decades, the US used those alliances to keep countries around the world close, and to fight Soviet expansion, by making a promise that it would go to war if any of its allies were ever attacked. After the Soviet Union fell, the initial purpose of those alliances was gone, but the US recommitted to them, signaling again and again that the central promise of those relationships was still in effect. It kept doing so for the next 25 years.
Then the US elected a leader who took America’s global relationships in a new direction. President Trump was skeptical that America’s network of alliances was still beneficial to the US. He began to distance the US from those alliances, raising doubts about whether America would actually follow through on the promise at the core of them if provoked. Some allies moved closer to Russia or China, both of whom had attempted to undermine America’s alliances.
Today, the future of those alliances is on the ballot in the US. One of the major presidential candidates in the 2020 election wants to return the US to its former status with its allies; the other finds its decades-old alliances costly and cumbersome. The world is waiting to see which vision Americans prefer.
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  • Vox
    VoxMåned siden

    Correction: At 2:26, our map of the Soviet Union includes Yugoslavia. Yugoslavia was never part of the USSR. This is the sixth episode of our 2020 US election series. You can watch all the other episodes now: 1) Climate change: 2) Voting rights: 3) Reproductive health: 4) Public schools: 5) Police reform: 6) America’s role in the world: 7) Transportation: 8) LGBTQ rights: 9) The eviction crisis: Thanks to everyone who responded to the callout and took the time to help make our reporting and our videos stronger.

  • bobwillneverdie


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    We had many allies before WWII.... Almost every point you make in this is false after 2 minutes of research.

  • Jakub Skowron

    Jakub Skowron

    2 dager siden

    2:26 also includes Poland and East Germany. Probably whole area meant be labelled Warsaw Pact, not Soviet Union.

  • VuleProductions


    7 dager siden

    USSR (Stalin) and SFRY (Tito) were enemies. They became friendly after Stalins' death

  • Reish Lion

    Reish Lion

    9 dager siden

    @Average Cuber hmmmmm, taking guns away from people does not increase safety. Better security? Seriously comes from education of people not adding more police Seriously, feed the more needy with food about to expire? Would YOU eat it? Go search how much money is being poured into obamacare each year with no solution to these diseases. Decrease food waste and general waste what a joke. How by exporting it to other countries? What obama did in 8 years of treaties was force to agendas on each country. And not exaclty for their benefit.

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    Mitchell Allen

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  • Florisato Lisoritonaro
    Florisato Lisoritonaro2 timer siden

    Guess Vox doesn't want to include Taiwan in the circle huh

  • Lazar Andrejic
    Lazar Andrejic6 timer siden

    Mistake at 5:38, it did not bomb only Serbian forces, over 80% of bombes were droped on hospitals, buildings, factories, bridges, mines, schools...

  • M A K O *
    M A K O *7 timer siden

    I was so high I thought the title said 'How America could lose its aliens'

  • Phillippines
    Phillippines9 timer siden

    Why my president left U.S.A😑

  • Bruno Alves
    Bruno Alves11 timer siden

    0:19 oh no... i cant believe António Costa is not looking either... It doesnt mean anything for Portugal. No one here likes trump

  • Dar Janel
    Dar Janel14 timer siden

    8:08 Philippines 👁👄👁

  • Casas
    Casas16 timer siden

    As a mexican, i love how the US managed to battle all these countries and in the end, is the world power. And im glad i got a opportunity to move out to the US.

  • Abir Ahmed
    Abir Ahmed18 timer siden

    This was something Islam did for 1200/1300 years, we created allies through faith and we dominated the majority of Asia, Africa, and some parts of Europe. And why Islam was successful in being the dominating force? Because we gave full protection to other believes too! Such as Christian, Jews, Hindu, and if any other faith existed. Even though these days we have Muslim majority countries such as in Africa and Asia, we have no unity sadly. If we can bring this unity again then we can have the power and power of Islam means the power of people and no other faith will ever go against Islamic policy if they are getting human rights doesn't matter what their religion is.

  • Gardner Skiff
    Gardner Skiff18 timer siden

    This video is fear mongering.

  • Quartz Quill

    Quartz Quill

    5 timer siden

    This comment is a brain washed trump supporter. Back in 2015: "a pandemic won't happen your fear mongering"

  • Makoosh
    Makoosh18 timer siden

    Make a video on why America doesn't need allies when we can nuke anything

  • Billy Billy
    Billy Billy22 timer siden

    Lol we Americans don’t need allies. We are the greatest nation in the world.

  • brok obooomer
    brok obooomer22 timer siden

    We’re back it nato boys

  • YellowTsubasa
    YellowTsubasa23 timer siden

    RCEP is coming guyss

  • Ethan Gatenby
    Ethan GatenbyDag siden

    How America could lose its allies? well, its simple Trump

  • Jonathan Green
    Jonathan GreenDag siden

    The United States Government and the Deep State are TORTURING INNOCENT American Citizens and their PETS with MICROWAVE Weapons! Major Human Rights Violations happening on U.S. Soil.

  • Jag of Jokester
    Jag of JokesterDag siden

    I'm glad trump put his foot down.

  • Kali Arnis
    Kali ArnisDag siden

    4:05 "except for you kurds" - Trump (Probably)

  • NJ Macion
    NJ MacionDag siden

    Is it me or NATO began starting wars rather than preventing them? lol

  • Aishve Torah
    Aishve TorahDag siden

    This is the best explanation techinique ever

  • Ankesh Kukrety
    Ankesh KukretyDag siden

    What's the name of lady?

  • Gold Prajapati
    Gold PrajapatiDag siden

    Who is the brave lady Can i see whole interviews of her

  • Prince Perez
    Prince PerezDag siden

    I like Joe Biden beacuse he wants to bring back the alliance. And make other countries like the Philipines safe

  • Gentaky
    GentakyDag siden

    Trump got into presidency was a meme honestly. Like, all those decades of the previous US presidents holding up the American's standard and keeping a strong and great image of America, all got bamboozled by Trump.

  • Tacos X Anime
    Tacos X AnimeDag siden

    They should add india on that alliance to counter china huge population

  • niraj pardeshi

    niraj pardeshi

    8 timer siden

    On alliance with US there comes a huge list of do's and don't s from the US and we don't need alliance of US we are self sufficient

  • šofro Crnogorac
    šofro Crnogorac2 dager siden

    Russia and China are probably gonna rule them now they are way smarter

  • Alejandro Gacis-Cusay

    Alejandro Gacis-Cusay

    Dag siden

    Russia's population and economy is collapsing

  • Alejandro Gacis-Cusay

    Alejandro Gacis-Cusay

    Dag siden

    They aren't tho

  • Agatecrane
    Agatecrane2 dager siden

    here it is why ww3 will exist next year

  • upsettingcord
    upsettingcord2 dager siden


  • The Real Perez
    The Real Perez2 dager siden


  • Carlos Alfaro
    Carlos Alfaro2 dager siden

    Its sad that our partnership is in question smh

  • JanTube
    JanTube2 dager siden

    So what about the NSA global surveillance disclosures and the scandal when the USA spied on Germany?

  • Manuel Vargas Moreno
    Manuel Vargas Moreno2 dager siden

    United States remind me to drug lords. USA is the devil.

  • Manuel Vargas Moreno
    Manuel Vargas Moreno2 dager siden

    So Trump was not that Bad.

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  • Anton Ladan
    Anton Ladan2 dager siden

    If American allies were to turn against America, would America really be able to defend itself?

  • Hell Keeper

    Hell Keeper

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  • Huan Zuman

    Huan Zuman

    Dag siden

    There is even a video about if the world went against the usa

  • Huan Zuman

    Huan Zuman

    Dag siden


  • Asif Jamal
    Asif Jamal2 dager siden

    There was an idea, to bring together a group of remarkable people, to see if we could become something more but they don't pay us back

  • No One
    No One2 dager siden

    Vox: post WW2 is where us relationship with other nations first took place President Wilson: Am I a joke to you?

  • _#Online - 90%_
    _#Online - 90%_3 dager siden

    Biden will be the one who ruins the great English speaking Alliance not Trump. Without allies, she's going to be vulnerable.

  • Jhimothy
    Jhimothy3 dager siden

    so basically america was smart with allies until people started not caring

  • alex jes
    alex jes3 dager siden

    never leave our allies ??/ Vietnamese , kurds , afgan military , etc not to mention not making turkey,china pay the price ,

  • coś tam
    coś tam3 dager siden

    after election of chinise agent i think its end of american's superpower

  • Ennaej Eam
    Ennaej Eam3 dager siden

    stay safe&healthy earthlings L💕ve fr 🇵🇭 🙏☮️🌈

  • Vergel Pajarillaga
    Vergel Pajarillaga3 dager siden

    Good thing trump is gone in the white house now cause he is just a big joke. Here in the Philippines are president is choosing china over America now which is totally Discussting!

  • Neil Aspinall
    Neil Aspinall4 dager siden

    And this is why President Trump is the balliest greatest President that US of A has ever had.

  • Ben B
    Ben B4 dager siden

    How? By lying, cheating and stealing

  • Paix égalité et fraternité

    Paix égalité et fraternité

    2 dager siden

    Basically yes

  • Ar Go
    Ar Go4 dager siden

    Problem is clear. Rulers from Europe spend their money on economy rather than army. They feel that USA is protecting them and can focus on economy,. They can grow and grow much bigger with time than USA. Donald Trump mad good move, made them scary that they may be left alone without any army against invading Russia. This move could work and make them spend more money on army but with Biden now whole plans just ended.

  • Gunsiez
    Gunsiez4 dager siden

    Ok Karen

  • The Ba’athist Al Ali
    The Ba’athist Al Ali4 dager siden

    Let’s hope they do, hopefully America finally loses its influence and a new age will come.

  • CD_Silent
    CD_Silent4 dager siden

    This guy Donald Trump has the brain sell count of a phone charger.

  • Amanda :D
    Amanda :D4 dager siden

    Given our history together, I'd hope going forward we do everything we can to keep a strong alliance with Japan and Germany...

  • just away
    just away4 dager siden

    america protects allies while allies buy made in china products. if you think you are smarter than trump then think again.

  • Subhir Sinha
    Subhir Sinha4 dager siden

    Everyone's a gangsta until US and India 🇮🇳🇺🇸 comes together to form the most Powerful Alliance against China... It's my dream to see working with the Indians more closely.. 🤘🤘

  • JM Cadenas
    JM Cadenas4 dager siden

    stephen walt be smilin'

  • Patrickgamez
    Patrickgamez4 dager siden

    japan siding with china is like south korea siding with north korea.

  • Glue Stone
    Glue Stone4 dager siden

    After they salvage Africa they leave them out

  • Simpsons Fan988
    Simpsons Fan9884 dager siden

    10:34 why does Biden look angry in this picture lol

  • Mario Ruben
    Mario Ruben4 dager siden

    We already lost most of our allies thanks to Trump, and we are looking at a more derailing economy soon.. Too bad

  • Neil Aspinall

    Neil Aspinall

    4 dager siden

    Some people hate Trump simply because he points out that many leaders have no clothes on.

  • just away

    just away

    4 dager siden

    america protects allies from china, and allies buy made in china. if you think you are smarter than trump, think again

  • just away

    just away

    4 dager siden

    allies are just free riding your military paid by your taxpayers. all the time while allies behave like your democrats who despise capitalism and like socialist policies like russia and china had during the cold war. america is truly in a disadvantage in this case, you should thank trump

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    Emiliano Lucas

    4 dager siden

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  • Tommybryson


    4 dager siden

    My first experience with Mr Gregory gave me the assurance that has made me invest without the fear of loosing

  • Rafael Bittencourt
    Rafael Bittencourt4 dager siden

    Should we Bring Latin America into NATO? No it’s better to induce militar dictatorships on all these countries to avoid communism!!!

  • Gorth Sleeperofwomen

    Gorth Sleeperofwomen

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    @Paix égalité et fraternité as if, stay mad

  • Paix égalité et fraternité

    Paix égalité et fraternité

    Dag siden

    @Gorth Sleeperofwomen lol says the country with extreme division and looks looks like it's of a civil war or a revolution

  • Gorth Sleeperofwomen

    Gorth Sleeperofwomen

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    @Paix égalité et fraternité lol, stay mad, your nations inferiority is showing

  • Paix égalité et fraternité

    Paix égalité et fraternité

    2 dager siden

    lol have you ever wondered why 1/4 of the world are 3rd world countries? USA can't do anything but illegally steal resources

  • Gorth Sleeperofwomen

    Gorth Sleeperofwomen

    4 dager siden

    Yes, Pinochet did nothing wrong

  • Patrick Cach
    Patrick Cach4 dager siden

    Mmmm me watching this while eating nachos

  • tapeable
    tapeable4 dager siden

    2 continents could lose all their allies??

  • Henry VIII
    Henry VIII5 dager siden

    Um... Grand multi-national alliances were nothing new by the 40s. The entente and central powers of WW1 were both massive collective defense treaties and those treaties were a massive part of the spark that would become the wildfire known as WW1. But I guess since the US didn't get involved with that until 1918 (The same year the war ended) they wouldn't know much about that, because apparently, the United States has never heard of a history book... Or the Internet...

  • James Wise
    James Wise5 dager siden

    We already lost most of our allies thanks to Trump.

  • Nico Jiménez
    Nico Jiménez5 dager siden

    as much as i hate the cheeto and everything he represents, i can see a point in him being pressed like a panini 9:42

  • malaysian animator
    malaysian animator5 dager siden

    *This video happened because of a photo of country leaders looking different ways...*

  • matthew coben

    matthew coben

    4 dager siden

    that was just a framing device

  • Kerby Ranoco
    Kerby Ranoco5 dager siden

    i think we need to attack china because if we dont i think they will be attack usa and all of allies to the future world war3 i think only

  • Jeaspense Gordon
    Jeaspense Gordon5 dager siden

    We had no problem about that we can change our government system into dictatorship America don't realized they are number 1 target hahaha hope the ocean will protect u haha China has nuclear they had man power an huge industrial Russia also had they control south east Asia and mid Asia they are building nuclear submarine and China aiming to double that numbers in 10 years they are building also huge aircraft carrier strenghten there capibility of strike and bombing someday u are all alone to face that trouble hahaha

  • 윤현우
    윤현우5 dager siden

    The pace at which China is spreading and strengthening its global influence is quite shocking. It may very well overtake the US

  • Jae
    Jae5 dager siden

    its back.

  • Shido8
    Shido85 dager siden

    Invading Middle east is the worst thing the US has done

  • John Laughlin
    John Laughlin6 dager siden

    Americas allies can’t afford to lose it. One reason we spend so much on defense is that we help defend many of our allies.

  • Paix égalité et fraternité

    Paix égalité et fraternité

    2 dager siden

    Have you ever been helping the middle East and Africa against it's terrorisim and poverty and not lying and cheating on your allies for your own benefits?

  • Elite FF Squadron
    Elite FF Squadron6 dager siden

    I think in the future our children can see a lot of mushroom shaped cloud in the sky ,land ,and air What do you think

  • Esuegleteb


    5 dager siden

    sky and air are the same

  • Satya Swain
    Satya Swain6 dager siden

    And all ended up with a fight at last

  • Kevin The Dude
    Kevin The Dude6 dager siden

    Amazing, thats a pretty awesome way to look at it

  • The Ares
    The Ares6 dager siden

    Ummm trump did have a point 😬😬😬😬

  • No One Special
    No One Special6 dager siden

    Why is there even war on this planet. Can't we just reboot the Earth or something?

  • A Random Internet User

    A Random Internet User

    9 timer siden

    @Kaleela Edwards I like the way you think ;)

  • Neil Aspinall

    Neil Aspinall

    4 dager siden

    There is war because of land and women.

  • Depthso Thenso

    Depthso Thenso

    4 dager siden

    Because of the fear of an imminent threat that comes in many forms. At least the things we have now is due to wars.

  • Kaleela Edwards

    Kaleela Edwards

    5 dager siden

    The judge was gonna do it, but Janet just had to hide the button (Anyone get the reference?)

  • A Random Soviet From The Cold War
    A Random Soviet From The Cold War6 dager siden

    Why does a simple photo of Trump looking in the opposite direction mean the break of it's allied relations? They're taking it too seriously for a mutated orange like him.

  • Miguel Ibarra
    Miguel Ibarra7 dager siden

    Join NATO for protection and safety from the United States, and it only cost your *protection from our enemies*

  • vuurkoning
    vuurkoning7 dager siden

    everybody that disliked are very likely chinese, russia, or trump supporters

  • Quartz Quill

    Quartz Quill

    5 timer siden

    @vuurkoning as an american (actually came from Asia), I can say trump was a good president.. at brainwashing his suppirters at least And then claiming fraud when he loses the election

  • vuurkoning


    7 dager siden

    @HW veteran luckely im not from the USA

  • HW veteran

    HW veteran

    7 dager siden

    That means the USA Empire is falling.

  • Ahmed
    Ahmed7 dager siden

    3:03 No that is not entirely true. Protectorates, vassals, marches, etc existed for thousands of years. Even alliances to prevent a larger enemy from growing. Look it up. Even the in ancient Greece and even bronze age had it.

  • Justin
    Justin7 dager siden

    Well, we still have our allies so where good nowm

  • Kaden Elijah
    Kaden Elijah7 dager siden

    As a Canadian, you guys have to get your act together, Trump put tariffs on our steel and we’ve started buying local more often

  • Badnewsgamer 891

    Badnewsgamer 891

    6 dager siden

    @Kaden Elijah Yeah I agree

  • Kaden Elijah

    Kaden Elijah

    6 dager siden

    @Badnewsgamer 891 I’m very happy for our neighbours in the US. It’s only Trump and his cronies that I don’t like

  • Badnewsgamer 891

    Badnewsgamer 891

    6 dager siden

    Luckily that guy is going to be gone.

  • MT Jogos
    MT Jogos7 dager siden

    As a Portuguese, I can say to you that we are tired of you. We are moving closer and closer into a European Federation. And, if we succeed, we might be, once more, one of the big players of the political game. Soo, as an European federalist I say to you: "Go ahead, make my day!"

  • Chris Fernandez
    Chris Fernandez7 dager siden

    A video about American foreign policy sponsored by a VODKA brand seems very fitting

  • Disgusting FatBoi
    Disgusting FatBoi7 dager siden

    0:07 this photo says one thing: Big blue ladies are always the most powerful

  • Jay Stearman
    Jay Stearman8 dager siden

    Just gonna jump right over WW1?

  • Hououin Kyouma
    Hououin Kyouma8 dager siden

    I am from the future and Trump has been forgotten by this point.

  • wangbohai Wu
    wangbohai Wu8 dager siden

    1:33 lol I noticed that China was not an alliance of US during WWII🤔

  • T K

    T K

    6 dager siden

    @Vaibhav T no it wasn't "just clashes"

  • Vaibhav T

    Vaibhav T

    6 dager siden

    @wangbohai Wu what you waffling about

  • wangbohai Wu

    wangbohai Wu

    6 dager siden

    @Vaibhav T Thank you Mr billionaire, you taught me a thing or two. Please educated more ignorant people like me

  • Vaibhav T

    Vaibhav T

    6 dager siden

    @wangbohai Wu Chinese troops were used by the British same like that of india You were pawns

  • wangbohai Wu

    wangbohai Wu

    6 dager siden

    @Vaibhav T You sir, Mr Genius. Please spend tenth of ur valuable second to google Big Four WWII. I hope there's an answer for your confusion 🤗

  • Bilal Ul haq
    Bilal Ul haq8 dager siden

    Great documentary but you didn't mentioned the Alliance of US with the Pakistan to destabilize USSR and this was an Alliance which was temporary and timely needed. That's how US Alliance policies work in Asian Peninsula

  • CreeperDuDE 89
    CreeperDuDE 898 dager siden

    And...... we keep our allies.. i think

  • Scy Sphyl
    Scy Sphyl8 dager siden

    I ain't american but this got me interested

  • Will Cordero
    Will Cordero8 dager siden

    ww3 will happen but were not sure, maybe tomorrow maybe tonight ,we will never ever know.

  • James Monteroso
    James Monteroso8 dager siden

    a daunting video, great job

  • Darkwood
    Darkwood8 dager siden

    I think you missed one important point. In the last decade the US made some questionable decisions like War for profit, Oil, overthrowing democracy government. Not everyone agrees with that tactic.

  • Xyz Man
    Xyz Man8 dager siden

    Once Trump gone, America gone, liberty gone. The crony socialist win...

  • Solotico


    4 dager siden

    ok bozo x3

  • Mr Dictionary

    Mr Dictionary

    6 dager siden

    Ok bozo x2

  • Mason Sanders

    Mason Sanders

    8 dager siden

    Ok bozo

  • Sean Koske
    Sean Koske8 dager siden

    I thought north korea was a allie now

  • Anthony Mendenhall
    Anthony Mendenhall8 dager siden

    1950: US and USSR are superpowers. 1995: US is the sole superpower. 2020: US and China are superpowers.

  • Subhir Sinha

    Subhir Sinha

    4 dager siden

    After some years : India and China are the Superpowers

  • AeyphixKing _99_
    AeyphixKing _99_9 dager siden

    Now that Biden is president we will lose all of our allies and gain Russia and china

  • AeyphixKing _99_

    AeyphixKing _99_

    7 dager siden

    @Brandon Lee wrong

  • Brandon Lee

    Brandon Lee

    7 dager siden

    But trump is the one that said Putin was a good guy. Quite the opposite of what you’re saying

  • Okie Doki
    Okie Doki9 dager siden

    I’ve always wondered what the background music is

  • Luke Walicek
    Luke Walicek9 dager siden

    btw the guy in the back right was looking the same way as trump

  • B D
    B D9 dager siden

    I love Taiwan

  • B D

    B D

    9 dager siden

    And China