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August 12, 2022

TEACHING NATO – A Workshop (Virtual)


TEACHING NATO – A Workshop (Virtual)
TEACHING NATO – A Workshop (Virtual)



arranged by Atlantische Akademie Rheinland-Pfalz in cooperation with the Transatlantic Outreach Program (TOP) of the Goethe Institute and the US Embassy in Berlin.

Teaching NATO – The Development of the Western Alliance and the Role of the American Military in Germany October 11, 18:30 CET

On April 4, 1949 , the foreign ministers of 12 countries signed the treaty that established the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). As a defensive organization, its goal was to safeguard the freedom and security of all its members by political and military means. Only six years later, in 1955, the Federal Republic of Germany joined NATO and thus clearly became part of the western alliance. The U.S. military presence on the territory of the former enemy provided security and built trust among the population. Today NATO’s significance is highlighted in a renewed commitment among member states in the face of Russia’s attack on Ukraine.

This online workshop will provide an overview of the history of the American military presence in Germany until today and connect it to broader concepts of international cooperation. It will explore the changing significance of NATO over the decades and address today’s challenges. Experts will discuss a pedagogical approach by combining post World War II history and current politics.

This webinar is for German and American teachers at the secondary level (year 8 and above) and interested students.

Please REGISTER HERE for access.