- an organization formed in Washington, D.C. (1949), comprising the 12 nations of the Atlantic Pact together with Greece, Turkey, and the Federal Republic of Germany, for the purpose of collective defense against aggression.
Origin of NATO
N(orth) A(tlantic) T(reaty) O(rganization)
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Examples from the Web for nato
In his statement, Rigi named Naser Boledi as a main mediator between him and representatives of NATO.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan
December 29, 2014
This must be added to our national security priorities and those of NATO.ISIS, Boko Haram, and the Growing Role of Human Trafficking in 21st Century Terrorism
Louise I. Shelley
December 26, 2014
Turkey, a NATO member and European Union aspirant, has a long history of jailing journalists and dissenters.Turkey Arrests Journalists in Crackdown
December 14, 2014
It took more than a dozen years for the Afghan and NATO forces to really understand each other, but all that will soon be history.Afghanistan, We Hardly Knew You
December 8, 2014
Turkey has been a candidate to the European Union since 1999 and a staunch NATO partner since 1952.Allah, Mom, and Baklava: Turkish President Uses Mothers and Kids as Political Pawns
November 27, 2014
NATO and the international peacekeeping force against an unholy – and, until recently, improbable – alliance.
NATO, struggling to redefine itself and perpetuate its totally superfluous existence.
- North Atlantic Treaty Organization, an international organization composed of the US, Canada, Britain, and a number of European countries: established by the North Atlantic Treaty (1949) for purposes of collective security. In 1994 it launched the Partnership for Peace initiative, in order to forge alliances with former Warsaw Pact countries; in 1997 a treaty of cooperation with Russia was signed and in 1999 Hungary, Poland, and the Czech Republic became full NATO members
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Word Origin and History for nato
acronym of North Atlantic Treaty Organization, which was set up in 1949.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper