Our resident historian Dr. John Foster explores the history of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and its possible future.

NATO was a bulwark of security for western Europe and North America during the decades of the Cold War. Since 1989, it has been an organization in search of a mission. What can it contribute to global security this century, especially in the light of the Russian invasion of Ukraine?

In addition to being a reference librarian, Foster has a doctorate degree in history. He has taught history at both high school and college levels. Previously, he has led series on the Battles of World War IIthe Cold Warthe American RevolutionThe Vietnam Wars, and US Presidents of the 20th Century at the library.