NATO summit

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

From the founding of NATO in 1949, there have been a total of twenty-eight NATO summits; the last of which was the 2016 Warsaw summit held in July 2016. Only the traditional summits have received an official number, thereby excluding the exceptional summit of 2001 in NATO headquarters.[2] The next NATO summit will take place in Brussels, Belgium in 2017.

Year Dates Country City
1957 16–19 December  France Paris
1974 26 June  Belgium Brussels
1975 29–30 May
1977 10–11 May  United Kingdom London
1978 30–31 May  United States Washington, D.C.
1982 10 June  West Germany Bonn
1985 21 November  Belgium Brussels
1988 2–3 May
1989 29–30 May
4 December
1990 5–6 July  United Kingdom London
1991 7–8 November  Italy Rome
1994 10–11 January  Belgium Brussels
1997 27 May  France Paris
1997 8–9 July  Spain Madrid
1999 23–25 April  United States Washington, D.C.
2001 13 June  Belgium Brussels
2002 28 May  Italy Rome
2002 21–22 November  Czech Republic Prague
2004 28–29 June  Turkey Istanbul
2005 25 February  Belgium Brussels
2006 28–29 November  Latvia Riga
2008 2–4 April  Romania Bukarest
2009 2–3 April  France/  Germany Strasbourg-Kehl
2010 19–20 November  Portugal Lisbon
2012 20–21 May  United States Chicago
2014 4–5 September  United Kingdom Newport/Cardiff, Wales
2016 8–9 July  Poland Warsaw
2017 TBA  Belgium Brussels
2018 TBA  Turkey Istanbul

Source: NATO, Summits & Ministerial Meetings

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  1. "NATO Summit Meetings". NATO. Archived from the original on 4 October 2006. Retrieved 27 September 2013.
  2. "NATO Summit Meetings". NATO. 4 October 2011. Retrieved 29 November 2011.
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