More nations will participate in NATO's Chicago Summit than ever before. This Sunday and Monday, almost 60 nations, including over 30 NATO partners, will come together in Chicago. With the help of many of these partners, the Alliance will define an important milestone in its operation in Afghanistan, and consider how to address future security challenges together.
You probably know that NATO has 28 Allies who are bound to collective defense. What you might not know is that over 40 other countries work with NATO on a broad array of issues from counter-piracy, to energy security, counter-terrorism, promoting the role of women in peace and security, and more. These countries are not members of the Alliance, but have decided to work with NATO to promote international peace and security, including by working side by side in operations in Afghanistan, Kosovo, and last year, in Libya. We create and operate Trust Funds together, we share information, and do much more. NATO cooperates with partners who share our common goals and a common understanding of 21st century security requirements. Some of these countries -- Bosnia and Herzegovina, Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, and Georgia -- aspire to become members.
NATO partners truly span the globe. From Bahrain to Australia and Jordan to Japan, NATO has become a global hub for security cooperation. Partners help us face the reality of a changing world that is more interlinked than ever and address new threats. With our partners, NATO is stronger and better able to of contribute to peace and security in the Euro-Atlantic region and beyond.
For more information on the Summit, please see the Department of State's 2012 NATO Summit website.