Highlights of NATOs Cronology


2016 – NATO Warsaw Summit. One of the most important summits in NATO’s history. Warsaw Summit Communiqué

2015 – NATO launched one of its biggest-ever anti-submarine exercises in the North Sea.

2014 – President Barack Obama arrived in Estonia in a show of solidarity with NATO allies. He vigorously vowed to come to the defense of NATO allies that fear they could be Vladimir Putin’s next target.

2014 – NATO Wales Summit. The Alliance’s 28 leaders agreed at their Wales Summit on Friday (5 September 2014) to reverse the trend of declining defence budgets and raise them over the coming decade, a move that will further strengthen the transatlantic bond. 

2014 – Moscow declared NATO a “threat” to its security after the Western military alliance announced plans to reinforce defenses in eastern Europe because of Russia’s alleged stoking of war in Ukraine.

2014 – Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas urged NATO to establish a permanent presence in the Baltic state in response to Russia’s actions in Ukraine.

2013 – The UN Security Council voted unanimously to extend the mandate of the NATO-led force in Afghanistan for the last time before it hands over total responsibility for security to Afghan forces at the end of 2014.

2012 – Obama hosted a summit with NATO allies in Chicago. They charted an outwardly confident path to a postwar Afghanistan. Nearly 50 US military veterans at an anti-NATO rally in Chicago threw their service medals into the street, an action they said symbolized their rejection of the US-led wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

2011 – Meeting of NATO Ministers of Foreign Affairs in Berlin. The foreign ministers of NATO’s 28 nations and over 20 partner countries met in Berlin for talks covering issues ranging from operations over Libya to NATO’s relationship with its partners.

2010 – NATO adopts new Strategic Concept. At their Summit meeting in Lisbon, NATO leaders adopted a new Strategic Concept that will serve as the Alliance’s roadmap for the next ten years and that reconfirms the commitment to defend one another against attack as the bedrock of Euro-Atlantic security.

2010 – Informal Meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers

2009 – At the Summit in Strasbourg and Kehl, the 28 NATO Heads of State and Government agreed uninamously to appoint Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen as NATO’s next Secretary General.

2009 – 60 years of NATO

2004 – Alliance leaders at the NATO Summit in Istanbul commit to the training of Iraqi security forces. On the same day, NATO elevates its Mediterranean Dialogue to the level of a genuine partnership and launches its Istanbul Cooperation Initiative with countries in the broader Middle East.

2003 – NATO takes command of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan.

2001 – Formal relations between the European Union and NATO begin as the NATO Secretary General and the EU Presidency exchange letters defining the scope of cooperation and the modalities of consultation.

1999 – NATO adopts a new Strategic Concept.

1994 – NATO launches the Mediterranean Dialogue.

1992 – NATO offers support to the United Nations in the former Yugoslavia, providing maritime assets to monitor compliance with UN resolutions.

1990 – The North Atlantic Council issues the London Declaration hailing the “new, promising era” of European relations. The Declaration is part of a series of measures adopted in order to encourage cooperation between East and West.

1982 – US-Soviet talks begin on reductions in strategic arms (START).

1974 – In the wake of the oil crisis, the North Atlantic Council approves the Declaration on Atlantic Relations. The Declaration enlarges NATO’s concept of security to encompass economic concerns.

1969 – The Committee on the Challenges of Modern Society (CCMS) addresses the Allies’ common environmental problems that could threaten the welfare and progress of their societies.

1967 – Official opening of the new NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.

1957 – The first North Atlantic Council meeting at the level of Heads and State and Government, otherwise known as the Paris Summit, increases political cooperation and creates the Science Committee.

1951 – Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) opens near Paris.

1949 – Signing of the North Atlantic Treaty in Washington, DC by Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, the United Kingdom, and the United States.