what is its function/role
and what are its aims
- ?Lv 51 decade agoFavorite Answer
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
Formed in 1949 with the signing of the Washington Treaty, NATO is a security alliance of 28 countries from North America and Europe. NATO's fundamental goal is to safeguard the Allies' freedom and security by political and military means. As we approach the celebration of the Alliance's 60th anniversary at the NATO Summit in Strasbourg-Kehl April 2009, NATO remains the principal security instrument of the transatlantic community and expression of its common democratic values. It is the practical means through which the security of North America and Europe are permanently tied together. NATO enlargement has furthered the U.S. goal of a Europe whole, free, and at peace.
Article 5 of the Washington Treaty -- that an attack against one Ally is an attack against all -- is at the core of the Alliance, a promise of collective defense. Article 4 of the treaty ensures consultations among Allies on security matters of common interest, which after 60 years have expanded from a narrowly defined Soviet threat to the critical mission in Afghanistan, as well as peacekeeping in Kosovo and new threats to security such as cyber attacks, and global threats such as terrorism and piracy that affect the Alliance and its global network of partners.
In addition to its traditional role in the territorial defense of Allied nations, NATO leads the UN-mandated International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan and has ongoing missions in the Western Balkans, the Mediterranean, and Iraq; it also conducts extensive training exercises and offers security support to partners around the globe, including the European Union in particular but also the United Nations and the African Union.Source(s): http://www.state.gov/p/eur/rt/nato/
- Anonymous5 years ago
Nato is just a toy for western powers, especially the US.
- TamartLv 61 decade ago
As a military alliance in case of an attack or invasion by the Soviet Union of any of its members.
- lilly lLv 61 decade ago
Yeah I read it ., it means its time for a US princess and a Mums boy to BE ONE ! Yes we can help her with this but these boys ,hummmmmmm they seem to like blonds ,.. Or first loves ! We need to fix this to a woman that can be Mums protector,and organizer! Don't let her beauty fool you boys , She has brains!