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The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO)

Since its creation in 1949 NATO has been one of, if not the most important institutions in the European security architecture.

The above diagram of NATO countries is from the NATO website. Click here to open a bigger version.

The above diagram of NATO countries is from the NATO website. Click here to open a bigger version.

Read the BBC’s profile of NATO, while you do think about the following issues:-

  • Why was NATO established?
  • What happened at the end of the Cold War? Why did NATO redefine itself?
  • Why was the appointment of the current Secretary General of NATO controversial?
  • Do you think we still need NATO?

Article 5

Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty is the most fundamental part of the NATO alliance. Read what it says under article 5 in the treaty

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