The Atlantic Treaty Association (ATA) is an umbrella organization which draws together political leaders, academics, military officials, and diplomats to support the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). ATA is an independent organization that is separate from NATO. ATA was created on 18 June 1954. Since the end of the Cold War and the dissolution of the Warsaw Pact, the role of the Atlantic Treaty Association has changed considerably. In 1992, the ATA Constitution was amended to accommodate associate members and observers from non-NATO countries. In 1992, the Atlantic Club of Bulgaria joined ATA as its first associated member from a non-NATO country. Given NATO's shifting nature, ATA now works beyond the borders of the Euro-Atlantic, operating in Central and Eastern Europe, the Mediterranean, and the South Caucasus. Following the ascension of the new NATO countries in 1999 and 2004, ATA membership expanded considerably, and its security focus has shifted south and eastward. ATA is active in NATO's Partnership for Peace (PfP) and Mediterranean Dialogue programs and is increasingly engaged with officials and institutions based in members of the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative (ICI) and Partners Across the Globe. The Atlantic Treaty Association's stated mission is to support the values set forth in the North Atlantic Treaty: Freedom, Liberty, Peace, Security, and the Rule of law. As such, ATA aims to serve as a forum for debate in which member associations can realize common interests and democratic goals. The youth branch of the ATA, the Youth Atlantic Treaty Association (YATA) was created in 1996. YATA seeks to educate and promote debate among youth in order to create responsible future political leaders who have an understanding of the values set forth in the North Atlantic Treaty.


ATA is composed of three main bodies: the Assembly, the Bureau, and the Council.

The Assembly

The Assembly is the top decision-making body of the ATA and is composed of delegates from Member, Associate Member, and Observer Member associations. With the exception of Observer Members, each delegate has one vote, and resolutions are passed by a simple majority. In addition to the delegates, members of the press and academic community, government and military officials, and international observers may attend the General Assembly meetings, which are held once a year.

The Bureau

The Bureau includes the president, vice presidents, secretary general, treasurer, YATA president and the legal adviser. Members of the Bureau assist in carrying out the decisions of the Council and the Assembly and aid in policy matters.

The Council

The Council comprises Bureau members plus up to three delegates from each of the ATA Member, Associate Member and Observer Member associations. ATA allows the Council to take action on its behalf, with the recommendation of the Bureau and the approval of the Assembly. The Council holds two meetings a year: once at NATO Headquarters and once in a host country.

Member organizations

NATO countries

*Albania, Albanian Atlantic Association *Belgium, Association Atlantique Belge *Bulgaria, The Atlantic Club of Bulgaria *Canada, NATO Association of Canada *Croatia, Atlantic Council of Croatia *Czech Republic, Jagello 2000 *Denmark, Atlantsammenslutningen *Estonia, Estonian Atlantic Treaty Association *Germany, Deutsche Atlantische Gesellschaft *Greece, Greek Association for Atlantic and European Cooperation *Hungary, Hungarian Atlantic Council *Iceland, Samtök um Vestraena Samvinnu *Italy, Comitato Italiano Atlantico *Latvia, Latvian Transatlantic Organization *Lithuania, Lithuanian Atlantic Treaty Association *Netherlands, De Atlantische Commissie *Norway, Den Norske Atlanterhavskomite *Portugal, Comissão Portuguesa do Atlântico *Romania, Euro-Atlantic Council *Slovak Republic, GLOBSEC *Slovenia, The Euro-Atlantic Council of Slovenia *Spain, Asociación Atlantica Española *Turkey, Türk Atlantik Antlaşması Derneği *United Kingdom, Atlantic Council of the United Kingdom *United States, Atlantic Council

Partnership for Peace countries

*Armenia, Atlantic Association of Armenia *Azerbaijan, Azerbaijan Atlantic Cooperation *Republic of North Macedonia, Euro-Atlantic Club of the Republic of Macedonia *Georgia, Georgian Association of Atlantic Collaboration *Serbia, Atlantic Council of Serbia *Sweden, Swedish Atlantic Council *Ukraine, The Atlantic Council of Ukraine


* 2003–2008: Bob Hunter, former US Ambassador to NATO (United States) * 2008–2015: Karl A. Lamers (Germany) * 2015–2020: Fabrizio Luciolli (Italy) * 2020-present: James J. Townsend (United States)


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