NATO’s complex history of eastward expansion

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The World’s host Carolyn Beeler speaks with NATO historian Mary Sarotte about the timing of the Putin-Modi meeting and other key details surrounding Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

A US Abrams Tank is part of NATO military excercises at the Ādaži military base, outside of Riga, Latvia.

‘We have to prepare’: NATO conducts biggest military exercises since Cold War

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Ukraine wins G7 security pledges but its path to NATO membership remains unclear 

Denmark's military officers stand next to a Leopard 2A7 tank at the Tapa Military Camp, in Estonia, Jan. 19, 2023.

Tanks for Ukraine are ‘ready to go’ when Germany and US strike a deal, retired Navy Adm. says

A general view of a G7 leaders meeting with outreach guests as part of the working session of the G7 leaders summit, Kruen, Germany

NATO to boost reaction force, Ukraine support

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Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson talks during the parliamentary debate on the Swedish application for NATO membership, in Stockholm, Monday, May 16, 2022. 

In historic shift, Sweden will join Finland in requesting NATO membership

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The historic shift comes after more than 200 years of military nonalignment in the Nordic country, in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

A protester calls for on NATO to enforce a no-fly zone over the Ukraine during a demonstration in Paris, France, Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022.

‘The risk of escalation is too great’ for a no-fly zone in Ukraine, analyst explains


A no-fly zone would basically commit NATO to shoot down all Russian planes that violate the airspace within the no-fly zone, explained Rachel Rizzo, a senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Europe Center. “And a no-fly zone can’t just be established, it has to be enforced,” Rizzo told The World.

Smoke rise from an air defense base in the aftermath of an apparent Russian strike in Mariupol, Ukraine, Feb. 24, 2022.

Russia attacks Ukraine; peace in Europe ‘shattered’


Russia has launched an invasion into eastern Ukraine, prompting condemnation from the US and Western nations. Meanwhile, Ukrainian civilians flee to safety amid the ongoing assaults.

People watch a TV screen showing a news program reporting about North Korea's missile launch with file footage at a train station in Seoul, South Korea

North Korea launches suspected ballistic missile

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North Korea launches at least one ballistic missile into the ocean. Also, Russia suspends its permanent mission to NATO. And, US special envoy to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad resigns and is set to be replaced by his deputy.

Afghan militiamen join Afghan defense and security forces during a gathering in Kabul, Afghanistan, June 23, 2021. Afghanistan's defense ministry is working with warlords to mobilize local militias across the country, most particularly in the north, to tr

‘This is the first time I am holding a gun’: Afghans take up arms to fight the Taliban


The Taliban, emboldened by the US and NATO troop withdrawal, has stepped up its attacks in recent weeks. In response, the Afghan government has launched what it calls a National Mobilization effort.