How Powerful Is NATO?

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Since its creation in 1949, NATO has had a major influence on international defense and geopolitics. So, with its 28 member countries, how powerful is NATO?

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After Crimea, Sweden Flirts With Joining NATO
http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2014/03/after-crimea-sweden-flirts-with-joining-nato/284362/
“It’s a good time to have friends in Eastern Europe.”

To understand Crimea, take a look back at its complicated history
https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2014/02/27/to-understand-crimea-take-a-look-back-at-its-complicated-history/
“When President Viktor Yanukovych fled Kiev this week, it was tempting to assume that Ukraine’s crisis was over: Euromaidan had won, and the forces of Western-style democracy had prevailed over Yanukovych’s Kremlin-led repression.”

A Short History of NATO
http://www.nato.int/history/nato-history.html
“It is often said that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization was founded in response to the threat posed by the Soviet Union.”

NATO’s Military Decline
http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052702303802104579449571957045910
“Vladimir Putin and his American apologists like to blame NATO’s post-Cold War expansion for his territorial conquests, which ignores that the alliance refused in 2008 to let Georgia and Ukraine even begin the process of joining. ”

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