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NATO came to life as a defensive alliance to thwart Soviet communist expansion. Rather than declaring itself obsolete in the wake of the Soviet Union’s collapse, however, NATO began to focus on new security challenges, including cyber-defense, terrorism and human trafficking. Yet Russia’s intervention in Ukraine has partially revived NATO’s original role. getAbstract recommends this dossier by the Lichtenstein-based Geopolitical Intelligence Services (GIS) to those seeking an overview of NATO’s shifting challenges.


The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) came to life in 1949 as a military alliance between the United States, Canada, and Western European countries. Its initial purpose was to defend Western Europe against the Soviet Union and communist expansion. When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, NATO started to spread eastwards, accepting members from among the newly independent European states. As the 21st century dawned, NATO also faced new security challenges, including war in Afghanistan.

While relations between NATO and post-Soviet Russia initially entered into a new...

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