Bell Ringers

Bell Ringer: The History and Role of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)




Mark Jacobson describes the history and role of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, including its current role in international politics.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • What is NATO? Explain its original purpose as described by Mark Jacobson.
  • According to Mr. Jacobson, what is the basic tenet of NATO? Describe its meaning.
  • Explain how NATO has changed in the post-cold war world. How is it still important to the nations involved? What are some of the challenges it faces?
  • Possible Extension: Research a world event in which NATO was, or currently is, involved. Explain the role NATO played and determine its effectiveness and importance for that event.



    • Alliance
    • Cold War
    • Collective Security
    • Deterrent
    • North Atlantic Treaty Organization
    • Soviet Union


    Foreign PolicyWorld History


    Middle SchoolHigh School