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"NATO was originally created for the U.S. to come to the aid of Europe so as to prevent a threat from the East. September 11 changed that, as Article 5 was invoked on September 12 for the first time, the world witnessed Europe coming to the aid of the U.S.
During the Washington Summit in 1999 a collection of new types of threats were identified and they are outlined in article 24 of the New Strategic Concept
* Uncontrolled mass migrations
* International drug trafficking
* International crime
* Uncontrolled proliferation of weapons of mass destruction
After NATO lost its traditional adversary, the Soviet Union, NATO lost its reason for being. NATO never anticipated that it would have to act outside of its territory; originally threats were always anticipated on NATO member territory."
(Ambassador of the Czech Republic to NATO and the WEU
Challenges to Western Civilization and the Future of NATO - April 26, 2002)
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