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today. Even so, direct conflict between these two nations   may   not   be   necessary   to   start   world conflict.  Either  nation’s  involvement  in  a  major conflict may depend on its international ties with other  less  powerful  nations. The United States has over a period of many years established pacts and treaties with several nations.  During  and  after  World  War  II,  the United States became part of an elaborate alliance system, committed to the defense of half the land areas  of  the  world  (fig.  1-6). The   North   Atlantic   Treaty   Organization (NATO),  established  in  1949,  is  the  best  known of  several  treaties  drawn  up  in  the  interest  of mutual security. The terms of the treaty specify that  “the  parties  agree  that  an  armed  attack against one or more of them in Europe or North America  shall  be  considered  an  attack  against them all, and . . . each of them . . . will assist the other by taking, in concert with the other parties, such  action  as  it  deems  necessary  including  the use  of  armed  forces.” A corresponding agreement similar to NATO called  the  ANZUS  (Australia,  New  Zealand, and   United   States)   Treaty   was   established in 1952. The earlier Rio Treaty (1947) had already com- mitted the United States and the 20 independent Latin  American  nations  to  mutual  defense.  In addition,  America  made  bilateral  treaties  with  the Philippines, Nationalist China, South Korea, and Japan. By 1960 the United States was committed Figure 1-6.-Treaties and pacts of which the United States is a member. 1-20

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