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NATO stands for North Atlantic Treaty Organization and it’s a military
alliance established in 1949. Its goals were to provide its members a
system of mutual defense in case of attack from an external party. It
originated from WWII and the subsequent Cold War (Its antithesis was
the Warsaw Pact).
It originally included Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, France,
the UK, Canada, the US, Italy Portugal, Norway, Denmark, Iceland,
Greece, Turkey, West Germany and Spain.
Nato did not participate in any conflict until 1994 when it intervened in
Bosnia in the Yugoslav war. After that it intervened in Kosovo and, now
After the end of the Cold War Nato changed its missions and strategies
and came to include many former Communist countries: in 1999
Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Poland joined, followed in 2004 by
Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Bulgaria, and Romania.