The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) will hold its 25th meeting in Chicago May 20-21, 2012. Heads of state and government from NATO’s member states and more than 30 other countries will attend. The U.S. and 11 other original signatories to the North Atlantic Treaty (34 U.N.T.S. 243 via HeinOnline) established NATO on April 4, 1949 to promote mutual defense and cooperation. NATO’s current 28 member states include: Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States. NATO works with partner countries on “a broad array of issues from counter-piracy, to energy security, counter-terrorism, promoting the role of women in peace and security, and more.”
At the NATO Chicago Summit, the participants expect to discuss three agenda items: assistance to Afghanistan through transition and beyond, cost-efficient defense capabilities, and partnerships – improving relations with other governments and international organizations.
Chicago NATO Summit 2012 (City of Chicago NATO Host Committee/World Business Chicago)
Senate Hears Testimony on Upcoming NATO Meeting in Chicago (C-SPAN, May 10, 2012)
Smart Defense and the Future of NATO (Chicago Council on Global Affairs, conference papers)
- Basic texts (treaties, resolutions, protocols, policy documents)
- Official texts
- Standardization Agreements (STANAGs)
- NATO Archives
- NATO Multimedia Library
- LibGuides (research guides prepared by NATO librarians)
- Arctic Security
- Arms Control, Disarmament and Non-Proliferation
- Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan
- Cyberspace Security
- Intelligence Sharing in Combating Terrorism
- Maritime Security (including piracy)
- Missile Defence
- NATO Comprehensive Approach : NATO – EU relations
- NATO in Afghanistan: Transition
- NATO Transformation – NATO Capabilities
- NATO’s New Strategic Concept
- Science and Technology to Combat Terrorism
- Smart Defence and Interoperability
- Women, Peace and Security
Thilo Marauhn, “North Atlantic Treaty Organization ,” in Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law (Online). Last updated May 2011. Includes “Select Bibliography” of books and journal articles.
“Closing the Circle: The Negotiation of the North Atlantic Treaty,” in Brian C. Rathbun, Trust in International Cooperation: International Security Institutions, Domestic Politics and American Multilateralism (2012). Call number: JZ1318.R375 2012.
The Handbook of the Law of Visiting Forces (Dieter Fleck, ed., 2001). Call number: XXKZ5589.H36 2001.
Lawrence S. Kaplan, The Long Entanglement: NATO’s First Fifty Years (1999). Call number: E744.K177 1999.
Lawrence S. Kaplan, NATO 1948: The Birth of the Transatlantic Alliance (2007). Call number: UA646.3.K365 2007.
Lawrence S. Kaplan, NATO and the United States: The Enduring Alliance (1994). Call number: UA646.5.U5K370 1994.
Lawrence S. Kaplan, NATO Divided, NATO United: The Evolution of an Alliance (2004). Call number: JZ5930.K37 2004.
NATO Review (see Chicago Summit Special Edition).
Marco Rimanelli, Historical Dictionary of NATO and Other International Security Organizations (2009). Call number: UA646.3.R485 2009.
John Woodliffe, The Peacetime Use of Foreign Military Installations Under Modern International Law (1992). Call number: XXK4720.W66 1992.