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July-Aug. 1998 Issue

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NATO Celebrates 50 Years

The diplomatic and military faces of NATO.
Photos by NATO and DOD

Fifty years ago this month, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization was founded to defend freedom and maintain peace in Europe, the United States and Canada. The alliance's golden anniversary is an opportunity to celebrate five decades of standing up for the interests and ideals of the NATO nations, as well as those of their friends around the world. But President Clinton also calls it "an opportunity to chart the course of our partnership for the future and to set forth a vision of NATO for the coming decades." That vision, he said, is "a larger, more flexible alliance capable of meeting a broad range of challenges to our common interests."



Nestled on the northeast shoulder of South America on the Atlantic Ocean lies the country of Guyana. Known as the "Land of Many Waters," Guyana occupies a unique niche in the affairs of the Western Hemisphere as an English-speaking West Indian enclave and a former outpost of the British Empire on the South American continent.


Remembering the Sacrifice

The sky over Nairobi was grim and overcast--befitting the tragedy that struck Aug. 7, 1998, when terrorists bombed the U.S. Embassy there, killing 12 Americans and 201 Kenyans in and around the building and wounding and scarring thousands more.

The Nairobi mission community gathered Jan. 21 at the ambassador's residence to honor the sacrifice of the victims and the courage of the survivors. On that day, however, the sky was a soft blue, decked with wisps of clouds. The contrast seemed appropriate.


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