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May 17, 2012 2:00 am

The 3 Major NATO Issues World Leaders Will Discuss in Chicago

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President Barack Obama confers with U.S.Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton during the NATO summit in Strasbourg, France in April, 2009. Photo: wiki commons.

Washington Post/AP – A look at the main issues for the NATO alliance at the summit meeting for heads of government in Chicago on Sunday and Monday.

An alliance formed in 1949 to deter Soviet aggression. The central principle is that an attack in Europe or North America against any member is an attack against all. The alliance has grown to 28 member nations, ranging from the United States, Britain, France and Germany to former Soviet bloc countries such as the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland. Albania and Croatia are the newest members.

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