Major non-NATO U.S. Allies

There are 18 countries which have been designated a "major non-NATO ally" by the United States. How many can you name?
Country in red is a de-facto ally only
The sitaution of the country in blue is currently in flux
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Last updated: August 4, 2021
First submittedJuly 10, 2012
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Year
Country
1987
Australia
1987
Egypt
1987
Israel
1987
Japan
1987
South Korea
1996
Jordan
Year
Country
1997
New Zealand
1998
Argentina
2002
Bahrain
2003
Philippines
2003
Taiwan
2003
Thailand
Year
Country
2004
Kuwait
2004
Morocco
2004
Pakistan
2012
Afghanistan
2015
Tunisia
2019
Brazil
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Level 57
Dec 19, 2013
Some of these you just assume are already members. It baffles me to see them as allies only
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Level 80
Dec 20, 2013
I'm not sure what you're referring to. All of these countries are officially listed as Non-NATO US Allies. It's an actual designation by act of US Congress.
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Level 69
Aug 4, 2021
He means he expected them to be full NATO members by now.
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Level 84
Dec 29, 2013
Got everything except Thailand but the time limit was pretty generous. Most were easy to guess... took me a while to get Argentina.
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Level 75
Aug 16, 2021
I have no idea what the point of this "designation" is. Does anybody know? If a war breaks out, the Americans will wade in if they think it's in their interest, and stay away if it is not.
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Level 84
Aug 18, 2021
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Level 55
Feb 28, 2014
I'm a little surprised that Singapore is not on here.
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Level 37
Mar 19, 2014
It's a city state, so I'm not super surprised.

The only real surprise to me was Morrocco.

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Level 55
Jul 7, 2014
Even though it's a city state, they have large and modern military in comparison to their size.
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Level 66
Aug 17, 2021
Morocco is America’s oldest ally, since 1786
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Level 58
Aug 18, 2021
What about the baguette eaters?
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Level 65
Sep 24, 2021
Idk, they did sacrifice a lot for the Americans, successfully screwing up their country for a century
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Level 56
Apr 12, 2022
Singapore was reportedly given an offer but declined it.
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Level 59
Apr 1, 2014
I'm very surprised there are ANY Muslim countries besides Afghanistan here. Especially those against Israel (Egypt and Jordan). Yet no European countries which are more likely to become NATO members.
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Level 55
Jul 7, 2014
The governments of Jordan and Egypt are not anti-Israel, as they both have peace treaties and they are not hostile towards each other.
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Level 62
Aug 16, 2021
There are Muslim countries that are anti-Israel, and Muslim countries that are US allies. Every Muslim country on the list is at peace with Israel.
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Level 84
Aug 18, 2021
A big part of why Jordan and Egypt are on this list is precisely because of those treaties they signed with Israel.
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Level 57
Apr 7, 2020
Not India?
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Level 40
Apr 3, 2021
How is Pakistan an ally after they are harboring terrorists? Which country hid Bin Laden? Which country funds Al Qaeda and ISIS?
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Level 80
Apr 7, 2021
That's a question for the George W Bush administration.
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Level 64
Aug 5, 2021
Agreed. I don't really understand how Pakistan is considered an ally at this point...
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Level 68
Aug 5, 2021
Especially, more than their activities in support of terrorists, because of their clear alliance with China. At this point in time, whether we acknowledge it or not, the world is most divided between those aligned with China and those aligned with the United States. Muslim terrorists, while not good, are only a distraction.
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Level 75
Aug 4, 2021
NATO existence has no point.
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Level 84
Aug 16, 2021
yes it does and we've explained it to you before. You just don't like it because you are stuck on the wrong side of 1999.
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Level 62
Aug 16, 2021
Sure it does, to extend and preserve the US govt's influence and coordination in Europe. Amazed that Turkey is still a member though.
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Level 45
Mar 28, 2022
Do you still feel this way?
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Level 74
Aug 15, 2021
I think they'll be removing Afghanistan from the list any minute now (Aug 15, 2021).
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Level 66
Aug 16, 2021
From the list or from the map? :)
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Level 76
Aug 16, 2021
They're certainly not allies with the new administration
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Level 54
Aug 16, 2021
Under this administration, the United States will be lucky to have any allies left in 4 years.
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Level 65
Aug 16, 2021
Because it was soooo much better under the previous administration... When the US were disregarding every historic allies they had for people like Kim Jong Un...
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Level 44
Aug 16, 2021
I was listening to a geopolitical podcast, and they were speculating as to the reason for US withdrawal. One of the underlying reasons was to divert forces to the South China sea.

Not sure if it's the real reason, but I'm guessing given how quickly Afghan forces collapsed, US intelligence knew the consequences of withdrawing, and this is a result they almost certainly saw coming. So the tradeoffs must've been something the Biden administration viewed as necessary to compensate for how bad the current situation looks.

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Level 75
Aug 16, 2021
The same thing most likely would have happened even if the US pulled out in 2031, 2041, 2051, or 2061. The US had been there for 20 years and could not stay forever. It is not good that the Afghani government fell so quickly, but at some point the US had to pull the plug. Afghanistan is known as the graveyard of empires for a reason.
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Level 76
Aug 16, 2021
I meant the new administration in Afghanistan (and by 'they' I meant the U.S.) 😅
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Level 55
Aug 16, 2021
no Vietnam?
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Level 53
Aug 16, 2021
I wonder how many of these have a collective security agreement equivalent to NATO's article 5. I know ANZUS does and I'd assume Japan does too, but can't imagine it for quite a lot of them.
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Level 61
Aug 16, 2021
I imagine that Taiwan and South Korea also have a similar agreement.
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Level 53
Aug 16, 2021
Lol we'll see how much longer Afghanistan stays on this list
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Level 42
Aug 16, 2021
One of these is gonna change soon...
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Level 74
Aug 16, 2021
Well...perhaps two of them. Depends on how this plays out but the next door neighbor there appears to have been quite the safe haven.
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Level 69
Aug 16, 2021
i’m not sure if i’m being slow or the title and description are phrased confusingly - i read it as countries that are definitely not allies of nato, ie non-nato allies, and started guessing countries whose regimes the usa might identify as counter to their values, like north korea or saudi arabia. i know i was wrong but could the description offer a little clarification maybe?
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Level 56
Aug 16, 2021
Saudi Arabia is also a major ally of the U.S...
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Level 72
Aug 18, 2021
This list refers to nations with official classifications as designated by the US Congress
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Level 57
Aug 16, 2021
You should probably remove Afghanistan
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Level 73
Aug 16, 2021
This is going to need updating. I think we can remove Afghanistan from the list. Was this the reason it was posted today?
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Level 70
Aug 16, 2021
The situation in Afghanistan is still pretty chaotic and probably won't be resolved for several months, if not years. The government of President Ghani is still the internationally recognized government, even though he's not even in Afghanistan anymore. The Taliban has taken over the capital by force and proclaimed a new government while simultaneously claiming they seek a peaceful transfer of power. I don't think the Taliban has even officially chosen a leader.

In other words, it's a hot mess, and probably too early to definitively update the quiz. (Also if I got any of that wrong please correct me--it's hard to keep track of everything going on right now.)

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Level ∞
Aug 16, 2021
Well, the Taliban might not be the "legitimate" government, but they are clearly in charge now. It's not like there's going to be another invasion to restore the old government. What a mess.
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Level 61
Aug 16, 2021
you can knock off Afghanistan from the list
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Level 59
Aug 16, 2021
IKR
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Level 55
Sep 17, 2021
Different government, but it seems the US still recognizes the old regime, and the designation has not yet been revoked
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Level 59
Aug 16, 2021
Needless to say the Afghanistan situation is a bit complicated
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Level 80
Aug 16, 2021
Granted, given current events, we should take the inclusion of Afghanistan on this list with a grain of salt the size of Kabul. I'm happy to update once the legal designation changes.
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Level 54
Aug 16, 2021
Maybe make it 𝘥𝘦 𝘫𝘶𝘳𝘦 an ally, at least until the Islamic Emirate is proclaimed to officially succeed the Republic and maybe sever ties with the US
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Level ∞
Aug 16, 2021
I added a caveat there. Crazy that this quiz hit the front page today while Kabul falls to the Taliban.
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Level 65
Aug 16, 2021
I thought since when Quizmaster became so sarcastic and featuring this quiz when Kabul fell.
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Level 80
Aug 16, 2021
And thanks for the spotlight, QM!
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Level 67
Aug 16, 2021
Why isn't Saudi Arabia on this list?
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Level 55
Sep 17, 2021
It has not yet been designated as a Major US Non-Nato Ally.

Personally I'm more surprised Vietnam was never designated. I mean obviously during the Cold War it would be a bit controversial but after 1991...

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Level 67
Aug 16, 2021
situation is spelled wrong in the description

(sitaution)

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Level 65
Aug 16, 2021
They put Argentina and Brazil but no Mexico?
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Level 57
Aug 17, 2021
Don't think Afghanistan will be on this list for long...
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Level 70
Aug 18, 2021
The sitaution of the country in blue is currently incorrectly spelled.
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Level 44
Aug 18, 2021
Has anyone mentioned the problems in Afghanistan? ;)
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Level 57
Aug 19, 2021
Quizmaster cant remove Afghanistan from all quizzes like this automatically.
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Level 59
Aug 19, 2021
Having Afghanistan on this list aged like milk.
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Level 27
Feb 1, 2022
Saudi Arabia?
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Level 27
Feb 1, 2022
SINCE WHEN IS PAKISTAN A US ALLY
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Level 81
Feb 6, 2022
SINCE 2004 ACCORDING TO THE TABLE ABOVE
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Level 27
Apr 1, 2022
Well I must assume that part of the chart is wrong.
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Level 51
Mar 24, 2022
soon Finland and Sweden?
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Level 76
Jul 3, 2022
They'll be joining NATO proper so they won't be in here.
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Level 70
Mar 27, 2022
quiz needs updating as of 2022 colombia and qatar joined the list
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Level 51
May 31, 2022
I'm surprised none of the non-NATO European countries made it onto the list