The Atlantic Treaty Association (ATA) is an organization which acts as a network facilitator in the Euro-Atlantic and beyond. The ATA draws together political leaders, academics, and diplomats in an effort to further the values set forth in the North Atlantic Treaty.
Since the end of the Cold War and the dissolution of the Warsaw Pact, the role of the Atlantic Treaty Association has changed considerably. Given the shifting nature of security politics, and NATO’s continued transformation, the ATA now works beyond the borders of the Euro-Atlantic – promoting new initiatives in Central and Eastern Europe, the Mediterranean, and the South Caucasus. Following the ascension of the new NATO countries in 1999, 2004 and 2009 the ATA membership expanded considerably and naturally its security focus has shifted eastward.
The ATA is active in NATO’s Partnership for Peace (PfP) and Mediterranean Dialogue programs, as well as in directing its own initiatives, the Central and South Eastern European Security Forum (CSEESF) and the Ukrainian Dialogue as well as the CMS, Crisis Management Simulations.
The Atlantic Treaty Association seeks, through discussion and political channels, to support the values set forth in the North Atlantic Treaty: Freedom, Liberty, Peace, Security, and the Rule of law. As such, the ATA acts as a forum for debate in which member associations can realize common interests and democratic goals in the ever-changing security environment of the 21st century.
The ATA is fully dedicated to engaging the youth of the Euro-Atlantic through close cooperation with its youth division, the Youth Atlantic Treaty Association (YATA). YATA seeks to educate and promote debate amongst the successor generations in an effort to create responsible future political leaders who have an understanding of the values set forth in the North Atlantic Treaty.
The Atlantic Treaty Association firmly believes in the strength of the
transatlantic relationship – one which is fundamental to the stability
of the international system in the 21st century. As such, the ATA
remains instrumental in bridging values from both sides of the Atlantic
in its effort to underpin the broader goals of the NATO Alliance.