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Questions tagged [nato]

Questions relating to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

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Why would the NATO not defend its members against Russia?

In this answer the following scenario is presented: Russia invades a NATO member (Norway in this case). The NATO does nothing to defend the victim country. In my opinion this scenario is unrealistic ...
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Do any European politicians advocate for creating an European Army and leaving NATO?

The United Kingdom with figures such as Thatcher being against a European army (ref here) and Tony Blair (ref here) who was for it, have been the most sceptical country towards the creation of a ...
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Is Turkey as relevant to NATO as it was during the cold war?

Is Turkey as relevant to NATO as it was during the cold war?
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Has NATO already terminated Art. 5 invoked for 9/11?

After 9/11, NATO invoked Art. 5 because they considered it an "armed attack" against the USA. The same article states that Such measures shall be terminated when the Security Council has taken the ...
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Resolving military conflicts between NATO member states

The question of a military conflict between NATO member states would have been an entirely hypothetical question a decade ago , but looking at certain NATO member states (e.g. Turkey) increasing ...
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On what grounds can NATO remove a member state from the organisation?

Is there any mechanism through which all the NATO member states can unanimously agree to remove a member state and if yes , then what are the criterias through which a member state could be removed ?
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How does US manage to maintain such a high military expenditure?

Note: this is somewhat related to this question US clearly dominates the world when it comes to military expenditure, both in % of GDP and nominal value. This answer indicates that West European ...
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Why hasn't Austria joined NATO?

Taking a look upon Europe map highlighting NATO members, I saw a rather strange hole in the center: Both Switzerland and Austria are the only Central European countries that are not NATO members. ...
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Have the USA ever suspended visa services in any NATO state before Turkey?

The United States suspended visa services in Turkey a few days ago (CNN). I wonder if that has happened in any other NATO state before. A web search only returned the states that are currently ...
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Would Article 5 of NATO apply in case Catalonia attempts to secede from Spain by force?

For many years now Catalonia has been attempting to peacefully secede from Spain through a binding referendum. However the Spanish authorities are constantly undermining their efforts by not accepting ...
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Is the “War in Afganistan” a US military mission or a NATO Mission?

The NATO Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan encompass about 13,500 troops, of which about 8,400 are members of US military assigned to NATO. NATO describes the Resolute Support as a "training, ...
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Why would Russia care about NATO troops on its borders if it has nuclear weapons?

In a related question on why Russia is against Ukraine joining the EU, @user4012 writes the following: Basically, Russia has no natural defensive perimeter of its core. Thus, its permanent strategy ...
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Why isn't Turkey finding Western vendors to purchase SAM systems?

Recently, Turkey has agreed with Russia to buy S-400 missile system. Previously, Turkey's talk with Eurosam failed apparently because they were reluctant to enter co-production (see, p-22/32). Are ...
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Why does the subject of 2% of GDP for NATO became so important in 2017?

On 9th of June 2017, Donald Trump and the Romanian President had a meeting and a press conference. During their final discourses, they repeated almost obsessively about 2% of GDP for defense with NATO,...
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Has Angela Merkel suggested a decline in relations between EU and USA at NATO summit in 2017?

According to this source, Angela Merkel seems to convey a message of serious decline of relations between EU and US: Clearly disappointed with Mr. Trump’s positions on NATO, Russia, climate ...
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Why does USA not diminish its NATO related expenses in order to persuade other NATO members to contribute more?

At the NATO summit from 2017 (Brussels), Donald Trump emphasized that many NATO members are not contributing enough (source): Twenty-three of the 28 member nations are still not paying what they ...
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Why was the 2% threshold specifically chosen as the target for NATO spending?

A lot of ink has been spilled on the issue of NATO spending and how certain members fail to fulfill the 2% of GDP spending threshold. But why was the 2% number specifically chosen? E.g. why not 5% of ...
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Are NATO countries obliged to meet their 2% defence spending targets?

Why do most NATO members fail to spend the agreed target of 2% of GDP on defense? Could the member states that do meet the target do anything about this?
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Is NATO obliged to invoke Article 5 if one of its members attacks another member?

Turkey is currently doing a lot of posturing against the EU in general and its neighbor Greece in particular. Assuming Turkey were to attack Greece, is NATO obliged to invoke Article 5 (Collective ...
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Why was the North Atlantic Treaty's Article 5 not triggered in the 60s and 70s?

The North Atlantic Treaty was signed in 1949. However, Article 5 was neither triggered in 1961 when the Portuguese Colonial War started in Angola, nor after the Gulf of Tonkin Incident (1964) that ...
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Why would Trump callout Germany saying they owe the US and NATO 'vast sums' of money for defence?

Why would Trump call out Germany on their spending budget for NATO? He tweets Germany owes vast sums of money to NATO & the United States must be paid more for the powerful, and very expensive,...
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Why did the USA support Kosovo in the war against Serbia?

Wikipedia has quite an extensive article about the war in Kosovo, but it doesn't do a good job at explaining the rationale of the US/NATO joining the war. What was the official reason for escalating ...
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Why did the former SSR countries like Lithuania, Estonia, and Latvia face no trouble joining NATO and EU?

Why did the former SSR countries like Lithuania, Estonia, and Latvia face no trouble from Russia to join NATO and EU, while countries like Georgia and Ukraine facing Russian military invasions?
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Why don't the other countries of Europe maintain as massive a military as Russia does?

The countries that are in my inquiry list are: --------+----------+-------------+-----------+--------- SN | Country | Population | GDP | DefExp --------+----------+-------------+---------...
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What makes Turkey to continue as a major Western ally without much trouble while Pakistan is not?

Turkey is not in good terms with Israel. Turkey has militancy and is persistently unstable in terms of terrorist attacks. Turkey has dictatorial regime. Turkey is negotiating with Russia or China for ...
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What is the USA's benefit stationing troops and hardware in Poland?

https://www.yahoo.com/news/kremlin-says-u-military-build-poland-national-security-111330103.html Who is paying for those expenses? What is the USA achieving through this deployment?
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What is the risk of Russia invading Baltics?

Back in the late 70s and early 80s, US Department of Defense was readily preparing for USSR invasion of Iran, which turned out to be a complete blunder in intelligence. Are we experiencing the same ...
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What would it take for a NATO member to leave?

Suppose the US have decided to completely leave NATO, what steps would they have to take and how long can the process be? Would it be different for other members of NATO should they wanted to leave?
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Legality of Syrian invasion by US and allies

UN Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2249, aimed at rallying the world behind the fairly obvious notion that ISIS is an “unprecedented threat to international peace and security.” “It’s ...
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Does NATO membership require democracy?

The Telegraph reports that Erdoǧans post-coup purge may force NATO to suspend Turkish membership: This prompted John Kerry, the US Secretary of State, to warn that Turkey faced suspension from Nato ...
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Why won't NATO leave Syria?

After Russia has joined the fight it's sure that Isis won't be able to take Syria like in Iraq as both Assad and Putin are against Isis. What is the remaining American interest in elongating the war ...
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Why and since when did Russia stop integrating itself into the Western community?

After the downfall of the Soviet Union, the Russian Federation was on its way to integrating itself into the Western community politically, economically and socially (by Western World I mean the so-...
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Is NATO actually obsolete? [closed]

Recently Donald Trump said he thinks NATO is obsolete and needs to be remodeled. He claims that because the Soviet Union no longer exists there is no need to still have NATO. Is Donald Trump correct ...
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If Turkey enters in war, are other NATO members obligated to assist her?

Let's say Turkey enters the war that is going on in the middle east. It does not matter against who. Are other NATO members in the obligation to assist her? Normally they should have to, if Turkey is ...
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Did Turkey take revenge of Russian attacks on ISIS by downing the plane?

Is it possible that Turkey downed the Russian jet because they did not want Russia to be attacking ISIS (and maybe the Syrian Rebels)? It is quite clear that Turkey is the one who buys Oil from ISIS ...
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Is Russia a threat to Poland?

Are there any political reasons why Russia could attack Poland or threaten to attack? And another thing, would placing a NATO base in Poland might be received as a threat to Russia?
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How much additional defense spending would NATO have if every member met its obligations?

Every member of NATO is required to spend at least 2% of its GDP on defense. Most don't. How much money does that shortfall come to?
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Is it possible for Pakistan or India to join NATO?

Is it possible for Pakistan or India to join NATO? What does the constitution of NATO?
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Are Russia's current military air maneuvers provocation or business as usual?

There are current reports that Russia is flying simulated attacks on baltic countries and the U.K.. NATO has condemned the events, calling them a provocation and an escalation, and gearing up their ...