North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)

North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO):
  • NATO is an intergovernmental military alliance based on the North Atlantic Treaty signed in April 1949.
  • It consists of 30 independent member countries across North America and Europe.
  • It is based on a system of collective defence whereby its member states agree to mutual defence in response to an attack by any external party.
  • NATO’s headquarters are located in Brussels, Belgium.
  • Its headquarters of Allied Command Operations is near Mons.
  • The combined military spending of all NATO members constitutes over 70% of the global defence spending.
  • NATO membership is open to any other European state which can follow the principles of this Treaty and contribute to the security of the North Atlantic area.

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