The Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union erupted shortly after WWII. The U.S. and Western Europe created the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), in response to the Soviet domination in Eastern Europe. Throughout the Cold War, NATO was an effective military alliance against Soviet expansionism. Since the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union, many have argued that NATO no longer serves a purpose and should be disbanded. Others argue that NATO is still needed against present day Russia and for other troubled areas like the Middle East.
Should NATO be disbanded or is it still needed?