NATO Summit Concludes in Chicago

The United States hosted the NATO Summit May 20-21, in Chicago, Illinois. President Barack Obama welcomed leaders from NATO member and partner nations to his hometown for the Summit of the world's most successful Alliance. At the NATO Summit, leaders discussed the next major phase of transition in Afghanistan as well as steps to ensure NATO has the capabilities necessary to meet the challenges of the 21st century and further broaden and deepen its relationships with non-NATO partners.

While in Chicago, President Obama held a bilateral meeting with President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan to discuss implementation of the Strategic Forces Agreement. The agreement, which the two leaders signed in Kabul earlier this month, lays out the future relationship between the United States and Afghanistan. President Obama also met with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen to discuss goals of the Summit.

In his remarks at the opening session of the North Atlantic Council, President Obama said, "For over 65 years, our alliance has been the bedrock of our common security, of freedom and of prosperity. And though the times may have changed, the fundamental reason for our alliance has not. Our nations are stronger and more prosperous when we stand together. In good times and in bad, our alliance has endured; in fact, it has thrived -- because we share an unbreakable commitment to the freedom and security of our citizens."

President Obama concluded, "...I look forward to our meeting with NATO's neighbors and our partners around the world who have been so critical to NATO operations as in Afghanistan and Libya. It will be another reminder that NATO is truly a hub of a network of global security partners. There is nothing else like it on Earth."

Secretary Clinton addressed the North Atlantic Council on May 21. She said, "The United States remains deeply committed to the open door policy, and it is in that spirit that we welcome our aspirant nations here today. We support their aspirations for Euro-Atlantic integration, and we will keep working with each of them, both bilaterally and through NATO, to help them implement finally the reforms needed to meet the standards for membership."

She continued, "...In 1949, we were 12 nations; now we're 28. The result is an alliance that has proven over and over it can meet the threats and overcome the challenges of our time. And here in Chicago, let us reaffirm our commitment to enlargement done right as a core element of our purpose and our community."

You can read more about the NATO Summit in Chicago here.



Ashim C.
May 22, 2012

Ashim C. in India writes:

Under aegis of NATO or informal or formal extensions of it, fact remains that from korean to Vietnam to Iraq to Libya and Afghan war, probably in all engagements US share in financing and sacrificing human resources have always far exceeded individual and collective contribution of other NATO members. What is even more damaging is that all these wars are considered US wars in popular perception. No wonder Americans vehemently oppose US participation in all wars. US won't have may of her problems if UN army is strengthened with attractive terms of serving in it for better known professional armies of UN member states.

Nathan B.
California, USA
May 22, 2012

Nathan B. in California writes:

A success? Are we bombing China yet?

May 23, 2012

W.W. writes:

After the watching corruption of this lobby is france leaving nato and west for brics ?

West Virginia, USA
May 23, 2012

Dr. G. in West Virginia writes:

Glad we're getting out soon.

John P.
May 24, 2012

John P. in Greece writes:

“NATO is truly a hub of a network of global security partners. There is nothing else like it on Earth."

Another GREAT phrase from the President that history books of the future will… prove!

Plenty of “easy-thinkers” have been so critical to NATO operations in Afghanistan and Libya, among other places that are FREE right now.

NATO did it!

NATO will keep on doing it!

Even today, they wish that “Democracy lectures” in such places won’t be proved successful.

But they will!

You cannot stop FREEDOM, when the teacher has a "good reason"!

May 24, 2012

J. in China writes:

Did it come up at the NATO summit the fact that the taliban have held their own against NATO twice as long then it took to defeat the 3rd Reich? Our we to believe the taliban is more powerful then nazi Germany? Or is this a gleaning symptom of NATO weakness and irrelevance? -chuckle

President Obama Waves at the NATO Family Photo
President Obama and Secretary Clinton Speak Before the Meeting on Afghanistan
President Barack Obama at the NATO Summit in Chicago
Meeting on Afghanistan at the NATO Summit in Chicago
President Obama Speaks With NATO Secretary General Rasmussen
President Obama Shakes Hands With Afghan President Karzai
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