World: NATO ENTERS THE THIRD DECADE

THE scene evoked a poignant sense of history. One by one, to the ruffles and flourishes of the blue-uniformed Army Band, the foreign ministers of 14 Western nations entered the flag-bedecked Departmental Auditorium on Washington's Constitution Avenue, a few blocks from the White House. Their predecessors had assembled in the same hall in 1949 to sign the epochal pact that created the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

Though the foreign ministers were gathered to celebrate NATO's 20th anniversary, they used the occasion to discuss how the 15-member alliance* should react to changing technological and political...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!