The North Atlantic Treaty brought NATO into existence. A list of founding members and later accessions can be read here.
Its key section was Article V which committed each member state to consider an armed attack against one state to be an armed attack against all states – collective defence – measures taken to be terminated when reports to the Security Council led the UN to take the measures needed to restore and maintain international peace and security.
Dr Ian Davis writes that to live up to the reason for which it was created, NATO must be open, transparent, and accountable to the public, should establish a mechanism for investigating allegations of WMD use by member states and create an international disaster response force.
His paper was published in Atlantic-community.org, which was launched in April, 2007, as the first online foreign policy think tank, and focuses specifically on issues affecting transatlantic relations.
Read the full article here.
Dr. Ian Davis is the founding director of NATO Watch and is a Senior Advisor to ISIS Europe.