Western Bloc

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The "Three Worlds" of the Cold War era, April – August 1975
  First World: Western Bloc led by the USA, Japan, United Kingdom and their allies
  Second World: Eastern Bloc led by the USSR, China, and their allies
  Third World: Non-Aligned and neutral countries
Political situation in Europe during the Cold War

The Western Bloc, also known as the Free Bloc, Capitalist Bloc and the American Bloc, was a coalition of the countries that were allied with the United States, a member of NATO, opposed the Soviet Union and Warsaw Pact, and advocated Anti-Communism during the Cold War 1947-1991. The latter were referred to as the Eastern Bloc. The governments and the press of the Western Bloc were more inclined to refer to themselves as the Free World or the First World, whereas the Eastern Bloc was often called the "Communist World" or "Second World".

Western Bloc Associations[edit]

NATO[edit]

Countries which have become NATO members after the end of the Cold War[edit]

Major non-NATO allies (MNNA)[edit]

Non-NATO member states of the European Union[edit]

Communist states in opposition to the Soviet Union (until 1989)[edit]

ANZUS, AUKUS[edit]

Compact of Free Association[edit]

CENTO (until 1979)[edit]

Rio Treaty[edit]

SEATO (until 1977)[edit]

Map of SEATO members in 1959, shown in blue

Middle East/North Africa Region[edit]

Asia, South East Asian and Oceania Partners[edit]

GUAM/GUUAM[edit]

Others[edit]

Western Bloc Associations today[edit]

NATO[edit]

Major non-NATO allies (MNNA)[edit]

Non-NATO member states of the European Union[edit]

Middle Eastern Partners[edit]

Asia, South East Asian and Oceania Partners[edit]

Inter-American Partners[edit]

Quadrilateral Security Dialogue[edit]

GUAM[edit]

Others[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

Sources[edit]