CRS Issue Statement on NATO
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE
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The North Atlantic Treaty Organization NATO celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2009. While NATO members can point to several significant accomplishments since the end of the Cold War, the Alliance faces a host of new challenges that might well define the purpose and role of NATO in the 21st century. At the same time, most observers agree that the 111th Congress and the Obama Administration are likely to continue to view NATO as the key alliance through which to confront security threats to the Euro-Atlantic community, including the principal threats of terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. For the short and medium term, most analysts expect NATOs political agenda to be dominated by its mission in Afghanistan the International Security Assistance Force, or ISAF, by its relations with Russia, and by the drafting of a new strategic concept for the Alliance.
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