The 28-member North Atlantic Treaty Organization officially lists the following 40 nations as partners.
With the 22 members of the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council, all but Russia are also members of the Partnership for Peace program, which graduated twelve nations – Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia – to full membership from 1999-2009.
Other NATO partners not listed below include:
Oman and Saudi Arabia, de facto members of the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative.
Libya, which late last year NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen identified as a prospective member of the Mediterranean Dialogue.
Kosovo, not recognized by a majority of the world’s nations but in fact the first NATO pseudo-state.
Other countries supplying troops serving under NATO command in Afghanistan that are not formal members of the partnerships itemized below:
Colombia, El Salvador (according to then Secretary of Defense Robert Gates earlier and as recently as yesterday by U.S. ambassador to NATO Ivo Daalder), Malaysia, Singapore and Tonga.
Somalia (Puntland), used by NATO for its Operation Ocean Shield in the Gulf of Aden.
In all, 78 nations on all six inhabited continents.
Partners bordering China: Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Pakistan and Tajikistan.
Members and partners bordering Russia: Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Mongolia, Norway, Poland and Ukraine.
Members and partners bordering Iran: Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iraq, Pakistan, Turkey and Turkmenistan, with Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates directly across it in the Persian Gulf.
NATO cooperates with a range of international organizations and countries in different structures. Below is a list of these partners with links to their information servers.
Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council (EAPC)
The EAPC consists of all NATO Member countries and the following partner countries:
NATO’s Mediterranean Dialogue
The following seven countries of the Mediterranean region are currently involved:
Istanbul Cooperation Initiative (ICI)
To date, the following four countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council have joined:
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Partners across the globe
In addition to its formal partnerships, NATO cooperates with a range of countries which are not part of these structures. Often referred to as “Partners across the globe”, these countries develop cooperation with NATO in areas of mutual interest, including emerging security challenges, and some contribute actively to NATO operations either militarily or in some other way.
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In addition to its partnerships with countries, NATO cooperates with a range of international organizations.
- Turkey recognises the Republic of Macedonia with its constitutional name.