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Excerpt of the North Atlantic Treaty signed in Washington D.C. – 4 April 1949

The Parties to this Treaty … desire to live in peace with all peoples and all governments. They are determined to safeguard the freedom, common heritage and civilization of their peoples, founded on the principles of democracy, individual liberty and the rule of law. They seek to promote stability and well-being in the North Atlantic area. They are resolved to unite their efforts for collective defense and for the preservation of peace and security. They therefore agree to this North Atlantic Treaty:

Article 1: The Parties undertake ... to settle any international dispute in which they may be involved by peaceful means in such a manner that international peace and security and justice are not endangered ...

Article 2: The Parties will contribute toward the further development of peaceful and friendly international relations by strengthening their free institutions…and by promoting conditions of stability and well-being…and will encourage economic development.

Article 3: In order more effectively to achieve the objectives of this Treaty, the Parties, separately and jointly . . . will maintain and develop their individual and collective capacity to resist armed attack.

Article 4: The Parties will consult together whenever, in the opinion of any of them, the territory, independence, or security of any of the Parties is threatened.

Article 5: The Parties agree that an armed attack against one or more of them in Europe or North America shall be considered an attack against them all and consequently they agree that, if such an armed attack occurs, each of them… will assist the Party or Parties so attacked by taking . . . such action as it deems necessary, including the use of armed force, to restore and maintain the security.

Article 6: For the purpose of Article 5, an armed attack on one or more of the Parties is deemed to include an armed attack: on the territory of any of the Parties in Europe or North America . . . on the forces, vessels, or aircraft of any of the Parties . . .

Article 10: The Parties may, by unanimous agreement, invite any other European State in a position to further the principles of this Treaty and to contribute to the security of the North Atlantic area to (join the countries involved).

Answer the following questions from the reading above.

North Atlantic Treaty could BEST be described as a/an

regional agreement.
government party.
international dispute.
secure territory.

Which sentence does NOT state a goal of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization?

The parties desire to live in peace with all peoples and all governments.
The parties undertake to settle any international dispute in which they are involved by peaceful means.
The parties will promote conditions of stability and well-being and encourage economic development.
The parties agree that an armed attack against one or more of them shall be considered an attack against them all.

In your own words, how would you describe the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (or NATO)?
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