North Alantic Treaty Organization
Purpose: The means by which the Alliance carries out its security policies include the maintenance of a sufficient military capability to prevent war and to provide for effective defence; an overall capability to manage crises affecting the security of its members; and active promotion of dialogue with other nations and of a cooperative approach to European security, including measures to bring about further progress in the field of arms control and disarmament.
Date of Origin: April 4, 1949
Original Membership: 12 countries
Current Membership: 16 countries
Director: Javier Solana
Location: Brussels, Belgium
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