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 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 the Europe during the Cold War

The Western Bloc, also known as the Capitalist Bloc, was a coalition of the countries that were allied with the United States and its ideology, a member of NATO, and/or opposed the Soviet Union, Warsaw Pact, and 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 "Western world", whereas the Eastern Bloc was often called the "Communist world or Second world".

Western Bloc associations[edit]


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

Other NATO-affiliated states and partners[edit]


Compact of Free Association[edit]


Rio Treaty[edit]


Map of SEATO members in 1959, shown in blue

Southwest Asia/North Africa Region[edit]

East Asia[edit]

See also[edit]