Ten years ago – on March 12th, 1999 – the Czech Republic, Poland and
Hungary gained entry to NATO, the first countries of the former communist
bloc to be admitted to the alliance. Today the Czech Republic is a
fully-fledged member actively engaged in NATO’s peacekeeping missions in
different parts of the world.
This year also marks the 60th anniversary of the founding of the North
Atlantic Treaty Organization and the signing of the Washington Treaty by
the United States and 11 western European countries on April 4th, 1949. The
alliance, created in the aftermath of World War II, was originally
established to protect its member states from potential attacks by the
Soviet Union and its satellites.
The end of the Cold War led NATO to redefine its mission and its goals.
Over the past twenty years it has gradually transformed into an
organization involved in security and peacekeeping around the world. Czech
troops have served under NATO command in Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan.
You will find more information on the Czech Republic’s role in NATO at
, a website launched by the Prague NATO information centre
in 2002 or at www.nato.int