Partnership for Peace
The Partnership for Peace (PfP) is a NATO-led program of practical bilateral cooperation between NATO and individual Partner countries. It allows Partner countries to build an individual relationship with NATO, choosing their own priorities for cooperation.
Based on a commitment to the democratic principles that underpin NATO, the purpose of the Partnership for Peace (PfP) program is to increase stability, diminish threats to peace, and build strengthened security relationships between individual Partner countries and NATO, as well as among Partner countries.
The PfP program was launched in 1994 at the Brussels Summit as a “stepping stone” to NATO membership for the former republics of the Soviet Union in central, eastern, and southeastern Europe. Since it was established, 12 former PfP member countries have become full NATO members: Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia.
During the NATO summit in Riga on November 29, 2006, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, and Serbia were invited to join PfP after which they joined PfP on December 14, 2006. Presently, there are 22 PfP countries.
The PfP program focuses on defense-related cooperation and goes beyond dialogue and cooperation to forge a real partnership between each Partner country and NATO. PfP nations are committed to sharing the values of protection and promotion of fundamental freedoms and human rights, safeguarding of freedom, justice, peace through democracy, preservation of democratic societies, freedom from coercion and intimidation, and the maintenance of the principles of international law.
There are 22 PfP member countries.
Southeast Europe Countries (Former Yugoslavian states)*
EU Members (non WIF)
* Indicates Eligibility for Warsaw Initiative Funds (WIF)
What is WIF? Most Partner nations would not be able to participate in any PfP activities without financial assistance. In July 1994 the United States established the Warsaw Initiative Funds (WIF) to help America's new democratic partners and to "jump start" Partner PfP participation with an infusion of readily available funds. In general, the goals of WIF are to promote interoperability with NATO; increase the level of participation in PfP exercises; and support efforts to deepen defense and military cooperation between the United States, NATO, and their PfP Partners.