Mary Baldwin College, Staunton VA 24401
by Prof. Gordon L. Bowen, Ph.D.
President Harry S Truman and Secretary of State Dean Acheson at the ceremony marking U.S. joining the N.A.T.O. alliance in 1949
1947: Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance (Rio Treaty).
1949: North Atlantic Treaty Organization (N.A.T.O.).
1951: Greece and Turkey formally are added to N.A.T.O.
1951: US-Japanese Treaty
1951: ANZUS Treaty ties US to the defense of Australia and New Zealand
1952: Mutual Security Act: military aid to 8 Rio Treaty signatories
1952: Base agreements signed with Morocco, Libya and Saudi Arabia
1953: Base Agreements signed with Spain
1954: Southeast Asia Treaty Organization (S.E.A.T.O.) links the US to Pakistan, France, Britain, Thailand, Philippines, Australia, and eventually, South Vietnam
1955: Indirect tie established to Iran and Iraq, in the "Baghdad Pact," to which Britain was a signatory but the U.S. was not
A more thorough collection of treaties from this era, along with their full texts, is available online at the Avalon Project, Yale University School of Law.
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