• Last updated: 06 Jul. 2016 11:17

NATO: what, why, how?

NATO: what is it, why does it still exist, and how does it work? Learn the basics in this animation.

You can choose to view the entire animation here in a 6-minute video. The animation has also been split into three chapters below. Find other language versions in the right-hand margin of this page.

What is NATO? Find out about its origins.

Looks at the origins of the Alliance, its enduring purpose, and its growth in membership since it was founded.

Why does NATO still exist? Discover our current challenges.

Shows how the Alliance continues to adapt to new challenges in the security environment, working in partnership with non-member countries and other organisations.

How does NATO work? 28 members stronger together.

Explains how decisions are taken, that there is no such thing as a ‘NATO army’, and how NATO and its operations are funded – showing how the 28 members are stronger together.

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