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NATO Archives - Great Decisions

Critical Documents: NATO

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Jonathan Masters, Council on Foreign Relations Although NATO was originally founded to prevent Soviet Union aggression, the present day alliance now addresses a broad spectrum of global threats. Masters not only explains this transition, but also the decision making components and structure that led to interventions including Afghanistan and […]

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Anders Fogh Rasmussen Transcript

So I thought we could start with a little bit of history about NATO and form your perspective, what you would highlight some of the Most important historical achievements of the alliance. I think that the great achievement is the fact that NATO prevented the cold war from getting hard.  And after the end of […]

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Anders Fogh Rasmussen Transcript

Anders Fogh Rasmussen So I thought we could start with a little bit of history about NATO and form your perspective, what you would highlight some of the Most important historical achievements of the alliance. I think that the great achievement is the fact that NATO prevented the cold war from getting hard.  And after […]

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Admiral James Stavaridis Transcript

Libya has been called a “model intervention.”  Could you tell us more about the mission and what made it such? I think first and foremost it showed us that NATO can work and work fast.  We had a UN Security Council resolution, the alliance – 28 nations, as well as Arab partners and European partners […]

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Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld Transcript

How was the military restructured and why? Well, if you think about it, when I came into the Pentagon in 2001, we had moved into the 21st century but we’d also moved into the information age.  And Governor Bush, running for president, had given a speech or two at the Citadel to point out the […]

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Senator Chuck Hagel Transcript

Let’s start with intervention. That’s one of the topics we’re looking at for next season. When do we intervene? When do we not intervene? I think most people would see Libya as a successful example of intervention. Do you agree with that? And if so, what elements made it so? Well, I think that’s a […]

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Glossary: NATO

Raison d’etat is the French phrase for a country’s national interest.  Literally translated, “reason of the State,” this term is often used to describe a country’s military, economic or cultural goals. Baltic states are the territories east of the Baltic Sea that gained independence from Russia following World War II.  Usually, the countries included in […]

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The Facts: NATO

NATO has an operating budget of 200 billion euros (£171 billion) a year, but is estimated to be running several hundred million euros in the red. Israel was the first non-European countries to be offered membership in NATO. They figured since they had a common enemy–the jihadists. However, even after many talks, the two proposed […]

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