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NATO

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A military alliance originally designed to deter against potential Soviet invasion. Members pledge mutual defense; that is, an attack on one is considered an attack on all. Since the end of the Cold War, NATO has been involved in other military engagement, notably in the Balkans and Afghanistan. Members include the United States and a number of European countries. It was founded in 1949 and is based in Brussels.
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Some argue that it was only because the West refused to give in to Soviet threats that the latter eventually gave up; or that the 'long peace' in Europe was due to the combination of a bipolar alliance structure, pitting the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) against the Warsaw Pact, with the presence of nuclear weapons on both sides.
Summary: CHICAGO - Shaikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Foreign Minister, will hold meetings with leaders of a number of member countries of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) and leaders of 19 member countries of Nato's International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) on the sidelines of a two-day Nato summit in Chicago.

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