NATO is an intergovernmental military alliance. Members - including most of Western Europe, the United States, Canada and Turkey - agree to mutual defense in response to an attack by any external party.
NATO is based on the North Atlantic Treaty which was signed on 4 April 1949, four years after the end of WW II. It has 28 members, West Germany joined in 1955.The organization was drawn into the breakup of Yugoslavia, and conducted its first military interventions in former Yugoslavia in the 1990s. DW's content tagged "NATO" appears on this page.
The US is aiming to impose aid restrictions on Pakistan. In an interview with DW, analyst Michael Kugelman says if there's one US administration likely to take a hard line against Pakistan, it's the Trump administration.
A year after Turkey's failed coup, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is continuing his purges, accusations and arrests. For some former Turkish military officers caught abroad, their homeland may never be "home" again.
NATO has welcomed recent dialogue with Russia, but the alliance has serious doubts Moscow is revealing the true extent of its military exercises. Last time this training took place was just before the invasion of Crimea.
Plans by Poland’s nationalist government to use an expanded territorial army to effectively spy on local communities have caused an uproar. This comes on top of criticism of a series of moves by controversial defence minister Antoni Macierewicz. Defence analysts say his complete overhaul of the armed forces is threatening Poland’s strategic role on NATO’s eastern flank. Julian Berner reports.