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North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)

Self Description

June 2002: "The fundamental role of NATO is to safeguard the freedom and security of its member countries. It is one of the foundations on which the stability and security of the Euro-Atlantic area depends and it serves as an essential forum for transatlantic consultations on matters affecting the vital security interests of all its members. Its first task is to deter and defend against any threat of aggression against any of them."

Third-Party Descriptions

December 2011: "TRIPOLI, Libya — NATO’s seven-month air campaign in Libya, hailed by the alliance and many Libyans for blunting a lethal crackdown by Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi and helping to push him from power, came with an unrecognized toll: scores of civilian casualties the alliance has long refused to acknowledge or investigate."

April 2011: 'Indeed, the very success of a humanitarian intervention can undermine its rationale and public support. If Clinton had swiftly sent troops to Rwanda in 1994 and stemmed the genocide, critics might have accused him of overreacting. White House official Dennis Ross reportedly said that the allies acted in Libya to prevent a “Srebrenica on steroids,” claiming that 100,000 people might have been slaughtered in Benghazi. But since those kinds of gruesome headlines have been forestalled, all anyone can see are the problems of an ongoing war. And once a one-sided slaughter becomes a two-sided war, it is easier for butchers to try to imply a moral equivalence — as when Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic complained that NATO leaders were the real war criminals for bombing Belgrade in 1999.'

September 2009: "KUNDUZ, Afghanistan — A NATO airstrike on Friday exploded two fuel tankers that had been hijacked by the Taliban, setting off competing claims about how many among the scores of dead were civilians and raising questions about whether the strike violated tightened rules on the use of aerial bombardment."

June 2008: "The skirmish at the edge of Pakistan's restive tribal areas expanded further when Afghan soldiers called NATO forces for air support, and U.S. military aircraft reportedly launched a strike in the area."

January 2007: Nearly eight years after NATO warplanes intervened in a bitter ethnic conflict between Serbs and rebellious Kosovo Albanians in the former Yugoslavia, the United States and its European allies have agreed to support Kosovo's permanent secession from Serbia under continuing international supervision, according to senior U.S. and European officials.


RoleNameTypeLast Updated
has/had as a Representative David M. Abshire Ph.D. Person Jul 15, 2011
Supported by (past or present) Dean Acheson Person Apr 14, 2008
Organization Executive (past or present) General Wesley "Wes" Clark Person Jun 12, 2009
Organization Executive (past or present) Lieutenant General Karl W. Eikenberry MA Person Sep 9, 2009
Organization Executive (past or present) President Dwight D. Eisenhower Person Jun 12, 2009
Organization Executive (past or present) Gen. James L. Jones Person Sep 30, 2006
Organization Executive (past or present) Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal Person Sep 6, 2009
Organization Executive (past or present) General David D. McKiernan Person Sep 6, 2009
Advised by (past or present) Dr. John Edwin Mroz Ph.D. Person Feb 7, 2012
Organization Executive (past or present) General Joseph W. Ralston Person Jan 24, 2007
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Secretary General George Robertson Person
has/had as a Representative Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld Person Feb 24, 2006
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Hoop Scheffer Person Sep 5, 2008
Organization Executive (past or present) Admiral Stansfield Turner M.A. Person Jan 16, 2008

Articles and Resources

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Dec 17, 2011 In Strikes on Libya by NATO, an Unspoken Civilian Toll

QUOTE: NATO’s seven-month air campaign in Libya, hailed by the alliance and many Libyans for blunting a lethal crackdown by Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi and helping to push him from power, came with an unrecognized toll: scores of civilian casualties the alliance has long refused to acknowledge or investigate.

New York Times
May 01, 2011 Costly Afghanistan Road Project Is Marred by Unsavory Alliances

QUOTE: The vast expenses and unsavory alliances surrounding the highway have become a parable of the corruption and mismanagement that turns so many well-intended development efforts in Afghanistan into sinkholes for the money of American taxpayers... There have been 364 attacks on the Gardez-Khost Highway.

New York Times
Apr 15, 2011 Qaddafi Troops Fire Cluster Bombs Into Civilian Areas

QUOTE: “It’s unconscionable that Libya is using these indiscriminate weapons, especially in civilian populated areas… Cluster munitions are inaccurate and unreliable weapons that pose unacceptable dangers to civilians.”

New York Times
Apr 08, 2011 Why humanitarian wars can go so wrong

QUOTE: The big democracies usually stand idly by during the worst atrocities, including the Holocaust and the genocide in Rwanda… Western democratic leaders have powerful political incentives to do humanitarianism on the cheap… These governments were more worried about the safety of their own soldiers than about protecting Bosnian civilians.

Washington Post
Mar 10, 2011 Insurgents Kill Most Civilians, Military Says

QUOTE: About 88 percent of civilian casualties in Afghanistan over the past two years were caused by insurgents, while about 12 percent were the fault of American and coalition forces.

New York Times
Oct 28, 2009 As US seeks closer ties with Turkmenistan, government cracks down on students

QUOTE: those efforts [of better relations between the US and Kyrgyzstan] are being complicated by a government campaign against students seeking to study at the American University of Central Asia (AUCA)... Some students have been barred from travelling abroad to the school and others have been subject to surveillance and harassment when they come home.

Sep 04, 2009 NATO Strike Magnifies Divide on Afghan War

QUOTE: A NATO airstrike on Friday exploded two fuel tankers that had been hijacked by the Taliban, setting off competing claims about how many among the scores of dead were civilians and raising questions about whether the strike violated tightened rules on the use of aerial bombardment.

New York Times
Aug 20, 2009 Splashing, and clashing, in murky waters: Piracy and private enterprise

QUOTE: for strategists grappling with the diminished safety of the world’s seas... figuring out a sensible and workable division of labour between navies and private firms is not easy.

Jul 23, 2009 Crackles of hatred: Radio propaganda

QUOTE: Peacekeeping pundits agree that more must be done to pre-empt and counter the effects of “hate radio”.

Aug 20, 2008 NATO, Russia in war of words over Georgia

QUOTE: NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said Tuesday that Russian forces were still inside Georgia, despite a European Union-brokered cease-fire agreement to withdraw -- and despite Moscow's saying it had begun pulling out Monday.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Jun 11, 2008 Pakistan Blames U.S. Coalition for Troops' Deaths

QUOTE: The Pakistani army blamed the troop deaths on a U.S. airstrike and condemned an attack it said "had hit at the very basis of cooperation" in the countries' joint battle against terrorism. The army statement called the airstrike "unprovoked and cowardly" and said that Pakistan's army maintained "the right to protect our citizens and soldiers against aggression."

Washington Post
Jun 10, 2008 Bush, E.U. Threaten Iran With Sanctions

QUOTE: Following a two-hour meeting that touched on Iran and a host of issues including climate change and trade, Bush and his European counterparts indicated they were prepared to go beyond current United Nations sanctions to try to ensure Iran does not develop a nuclear weapon.

Washington Post
Jun 02, 2008 Taliban Leader Flaunts Power Inside Pakistan

QUOTE: Mr. Mehsud’s jaunty appearance in his home base, South Waziristan, a particularly unruly region of Pakistan’s tribal areas, underscored the wide latitude Pakistan’s government has granted the militants under a new series of peace deals, and its impact in Afghanistan, where NATO and American commanders say cross-border attacks have surged since talks for those peace deals began in March.

New York Times
May 28, 2008 111 Nations, Minus the U.S., Agree to Cluster-Bomb Ban

QUOTE: More than 100 countries reached agreement Wednesday to ban cluster bombs, controversial weapons that human rights groups deplore but that the United States, which did not join the ban, calls an integral, legitimate part of its arsenal.

Washington Post
Mar 27, 2008 Supplier Under Scrutiny on Aging Arms for Afghans

QUOTE: With the award last January of a federal contract worth as much as nearly $300 million, the company, AEY Inc...became the main supplier of munitions to Afghanistan’s army and police forces. Since then, the company has provided ammunition that is more than 40 years old and in decomposing packaging...Much of the ammunition comes from the aging stockpiles of the old Communist bloc, including stockpiles that the State Department and NATO have determined to be unreliable and obsolete, and have spent millions of dollars to have destroyed.

New York Times
Jun 13, 2007 Until We Pay Up, We'll Just Clam Up

QUOTE: But what if the organizations simply demand to know when the money's coming? Okay, Rice's cable said, if you're "pressed about when the organization can expect payment, the suggested response is" to say that President Bush asked for the money but that it's up to Congress to deal with it .... That has the virtue of being true and meaningless, since Congress routinely writes checks without authorization.

Washington Post
Jun 08, 2007 European Report Addresses CIA Sites: Prisons in Poland, Romania, It Says

QUOTE: A European investigator said he has "factually established" that Poland and Romania allowed the CIA to operate secret prisons where alleged al-Qaeda operatives were detained and interrogated, according to documents scheduled to be presented Friday to Europe's official human rights organization.

Washington Post
Jun 04, 2007 European Voters Say No Thanks to US Missile Plan

QUOTE: The Bush administration’s plans for the missile defense shield call for a radar tracking station to be built in the Czech Republic and for 10 interceptor missiles to be placed in Poland. The Czech and Polish governments have signaled their support even though opinion polls in both countries show strong opposition to the U.S. plan.

Chicago Tribune
May 19, 2007 Cyber Assaults on Estonia Typify a New Battle Tactic

QUOTE: [Estonia] has been subject in recent weeks to massive and coordinated cyber attacks on Web sites of the government, banks, telecommunications companies, Internet service providers and news organizations

Washington Post
Apr 18, 2007 Memo From Paris: U.S. Missile Deals Bypass, and Annoy, European Union

QUOTE: The European Union is upset because Washington is negotiating bilaterally with Poland and the Czech Republic about something that affects Europe as a whole. The union has been trying for years to patch together a coherent European security and defense policy independent of NATO, and it doesn’t help when member states start cutting deals with Washington on their own.

New York Times

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