2012 NATO Summit in Chicago

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The 2012 Chicago Summit was a meeting of leaders of countries that are members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. It was held at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois from May 20-21, 2012.[1]

This was the first NATO summit in the United States that was not in Washington, D.C.[2] Chicago was chosen because it was President Barack Obama's home town. It was going to happen after the 2012 G8 summit in Chicago. The G8 summit was held at Camp David instead.

People at the summit talked about the Arab Spring, the 2011 Libyan civil war, the global financial crisis, transition for NATO forces in Afghanistan, and a missile shield system for Europe.[3]

The summit cost the city of Chicago almost $15.6 million.

At least 38 countries around the world came to the summit. After the summit, Chicago's security system was improved.[4][5]

References[change | change source]

  1. Sweet, Lynn (12 December 2011). "NATO, G8 meetings to be hosted in McCormick Place". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 27 January 2012. 
  2. "Obama: 2012 G8 and NATO Summits Scheduled for May". US Embassy.gov. Retrieved August 25, 2014. 
  3. Benitez, Jorge (9 November 2011). ""A crucial summit at a crucial time:" Obama and Rasmussen discuss agenda for upcoming NATO summit". NATOSource. Retrieved 27 January 2012. 
  4. Mack, Kristen et al. "Chicago to host NATO, G-8 next year," Chicago Tribune (US). June 22, 2011; "Administration official: Obama to bring NATO, G8 summits in hometown of Chicago in 2012," Washington Post (US). June 22, 2011; retrieved 2011-06-22
  5. Rushe, Dominic (5 March 2012). "G8 summit moved from Chicago to Camp David". The Guardian. London. 

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