Western Bloc

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 and its ideology (liberalism), 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".

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

Western Bloc associationsEdit


Countries which have become NATO members after the end of the Cold WarEdit

Other NATO-affiliated states and partnersEdit

Communist states in opposition to the Soviet UnionEdit



Compact of Free AssociationEdit

CENTO (until 1979)Edit

Rio TreatyEdit

SEATO (until 1977)Edit

Map of SEATO members in 1959, shown in blue

Middle East/North Africa RegionEdit

East AsiaEdit



Western Bloc Associations TodayEdit


Other NATO-affiliated states and partnersEdit

Middle Eastern PartnersEdit

Asia, South East Asian and Oceania PartnersEdit

Inter-American PartnersEdit

Quadrilateral Security DialogueEdit

See alsoEdit