Who does NATO work with?

Beyond ensuring the collective defense of its members NATO seeks to promote security through partnerships and cooperation. Since the early 1990s the Alliance has developed relations with non-member countries including former Cold War adversaries of the former Eastern Bloc. Some of these partners has since become members of the Alliance. Today working with non-member countries and other organizations is considered to be one of NATO's fundamental tasks. It works with over 40 partner countries as well as with other international organizations like the United Nations and the European Union.