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Students examine the past fifty years of NATO, focusing specifically on NATO's involvement and actions in conflicts around the world and the results of their involvement.
Students read and interpret NATO's mission statement. After reading an article, they discover incidents in which NATO has deviated from their original purpose. In groups, they research the opinions of the countries of NATO. They write an essay to reflect on their support of NATO's new role in peacekeeping efforts in Afghanistan.
Learners examine the role of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). In this NATO lesson, students research the Truman Doctrine, the Marshall Plan, Winston Churchill's "Iron Curtain" speech, and the Berlin airlift and how they related to the policy of containment. Learners share their findings and complete a worksheet that requires them to label NATO countries and respond to questions about NATO's function.
Eleventh graders role play as participants in a NATO meeting focused on inviting a number of independent republics from the former Soviet Union to become members of NATO. They represent their countries after researching them.
Students take a closer look at Canada's committment to NATO in Afghanistan. In this global issues instructional activity, students read a handout about NATO's involvement the Afghanistan conflict. Students respond to discussion questions and conduct further research on the topic.
Understand the political and security issues that divide and unite the U.S. and European nations within NATO. ¿¿ See the varied interests that underlie decisions of different member states of the Atlantic Alliance, by participating in a crisis simulation on Afghanistan. ¿¿ Understand the negotiations and diplomacy that go into NATO decisions and the causes of internal disputes.
In this Cold War worksheet, high schoolers unscramble 22 country names, locate the countries on a map, and identify each of them as NATO or Warsaw Pact nations.
Students examine the views of Serb and American civilians on the sustained NATO air strikes on Serbia and focus on how public opinion affects and reflects the overall morale and attitudes in a country.
Students investigate the rationale for the formation of NATO in the face of a nascent Cold War. They use the Internet to access primary sources from the era and analyze the blockade of Berlin as the impetus for formation of NATO.
Gathering information, distinguishing between arguments, preparing an oral presentation; these skills are fostered as 10th graders explore aspects of global trade and politics. They use the Internet to gather information about NATO, The UN, and the new Russia to engage in a simulated EAPC meeting. Culminating projects include a written paper and oral presentation.
In early March, 2014, Ukrainians braced for conflict as Russian troops moved into Crimea. After viewing a video interview with a Wall Street journalist at the location and reading a brief news article about the event, learners discuss the Russian occupation of Crimea and the responses of both residents and the city of Kiev. This is a great opportunity to further research the history of the region and/or to draw parallels to other similar historical events!
The class receives background information on NATO, an atlas, and a blank world map. They color the original 1949 countries in red, the 1952 additions in green, and the 1990 additions in blue. This exercise would be a good starting point for teaching a lesson on post WWII politics. 
What is the purpose of an international organization, and what impact do they have on the lives of citizens in foreign countries? After breaking into groups, your learners will research and report on one of six different international organizations, including the United Nations, NATO, the European Union, the World Health Organization, the Red Cross, and the World Bank. 
High schoolers will choose from the following roles that they would like to play in the newscast: Roles: a. Anchorpersons (2)b. Field Reporters focused on security issues, example: training of Iraqi troops (4)c. Interviewers and interviewees on NATO's special missions, example: disposal of anti personnel mines in Albania (8)d. Camera people. Prop Handlers / Researchers / Script Writers
Students learn the historical, geographical, social, and political factors relating to the current Yugoslavian crisis, and discover ways to help Albanian refugees.
Students explore the causes and effects of recent conflicts in the Balkans, and discover the current peacekeeping attempts by NATO and the new Yugoslav government. They research an aspect of the Kosovo conflict and prepare skits based on their research. They write an editorial on the effects of the recent NATO-Yugoslav agreement.
Learners investigate conflict resolution. In this world conflict lesson, students examine the roles of NATO, the UN, and the EU in diplomacy issues. Learners look into the conflict in the Balkans that prompted the Bosnian War. 
Pupils act as delegates to the Russia-NATO summit in Reykjavik, Iceland by researching and drafting position papers on six topics of interest to NATO.
Students examine the impact of NATO bombing of Kosovo on the Serbians and ethnic Albanians. They conduct Internet research, answer discussion questions, and present their findings in the form of a PowerPoint presentation.
Discover how nations can use economic, military, and cultural influence to affect the decisions of other countries. These readings and worksheets offer an overview of spheres of international influence, particularly analyzing the spread of capitalism and communism during the Cold War.

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