NATO in brief
NATO, which was formed in 1949, is the most powerful military alliance in the world. At its formation, NATO had 12 member countries, which has now increased to 29 member countries and four aspiring member countries. NATO was originally formed in an effort to solve conflicts peacefully and with the pledge that member countries will come to each other’s defense in case of an attack. Member countries have committed to spend two percent of their respective GDPs on defense expenses by the year 2024.
Favorability of NATO
Although NATO has come under fire during the Trump administration, with President Trump urging member nations to spend more on their defense programs, NATO remains popular on a global scale. According to a 2019 survey, the vast majority of respondents believed that NATO would have a positive impact on the world over the next decade.