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A NATO summit is a summit meeting that is regarded as a periodic opportunity for Heads of State and Heads of Government of NATO member countries to evaluate and provide strategic direction for Alliance activities.[1]

NATO summits are not regular meetings like the more frequent NATO ministerial meetings, but rather are important junctures in the alliance's decision-making process on the highest level. Summits are often used to introduce new policy, invite new members into the alliance, launch major new initiatives, and build partnerships with non-NATO countries.

List of NATO summits[edit | edit source]

From the founding of NATO in 1949, there have been a total of twenty-five NATO summits; the last of which was the 2012 Chicago summit held in May 2012. Only the traditional summits have received an official number, thereby excluding the exceptional summit of 2001 in NATO headquarters[2]

Summit Date Host country Summary / Highlights
1 1957 Paris summit 16–19 December 1957 France
2 1974 Brussels summit 26 June 1974 Belgium
3 1975 Brussels summit 29–30 May 1975 Belgium
4 1977 London summit 10–11 May 1977 United Kingdom First simultaneous summit with G7
5 1978 Washington summit 30–31 May 1978 United States
6 1982 Bonn summit 10 June 1982 West Germany
7 1985 Brussels summit 21 November 1985 Belgium
8 1988 Brussels summit 2–3 March 1988 Belgium
9 1989 Brussels summit (May) 29–30 May 1989 Belgium 40th anniversary of NATO
10 1989 Brussels summit (December) 4 December 1989 Belgium
11 1990 London summit 5–6 July 1990 United Kingdom
12 1991 Rome summit 7–8 November 1991 Italy
13 1994 Brussels summit 10–11 January 1994 Belgium
14 1997 Paris summit 27 May 1997 France
15 1997 Madrid summit 8–9 July 1997 Spain
16 1999 Washington summit 23–25 April 1999 United States 50th anniversary of NATO
2001 NATO Headquarters summit 23–25 April 2001 Belgium
17 2002 Rome summit 28 May 2002 Italy
18 2002 Prague summit 21–22 November 2002 Czech Republic First summit in a former Warsaw Pact country
19 2004 Istanbul summit 28–29 June 2004 Turkey
20 2005 NATO Headquarters summit 22 February 2005 Belgium
21 2006 Riga summit 28–29 November 2006 Latvia First summit in a former Soviet republic
22 2008 Bucharest summit 2–4 April 2008 Romania Croatia and Albania invited to join the alliance
23 2009 Strasbourg-Kehl summit 3–4 April 2009 France, Germany 60th anniversary of NATO
24 2010 Lisbon summit 19–20 November 2010 Portugal [1] [2]
25 2012 Chicago Summit 20–21 May 2012 United States First summit in the United States outside of Washington D.C.

Proposed second simultaneous summit with G8 until last minute location change of G8 [3] [4]

26 2014 Newport Summit 4–5 September 2014 United Kingdom 65th anniversary of NATO. First summit in the United Kingdom outside of London.

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Source: NATO, Summits & Ministerial Meetings

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "NATO Summit Meetings". www.nato.int. NATO. Archived from the original on 4 October 2006. http://web.archive.org/web/20061004140412/http://www.nato.int/issues/summits/index.html. Retrieved 27 September 2013. 
  2. "NATO Summit Meetings". Nato.int. 4 October 2011. http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natolive/topics_50115.htm. Retrieved 29 November 2011. 

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