2012 NATO Summit Coverage
Updated: Monday, May 21, 2012
Chicago became the focus of the global politics and security May 20-21 when the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) held its summit at McCormick Place.
The Red Line Project covered the summit,
protests and other events throughout the weekend.
President Obama and NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen outlined plans for turning over military responsibilities in Afghanistan to Afghan forces by 2014. Related:
- Video: Obama summarizes the summit
- Day 2 live blog: Outline of withdrawal plan
- Storify: Social media coverage of the summit
Violece broke out near McCormick Place after protesters failed to disperse at the end of the Iraq War veterans ceremony, resulting in 45 arrests and injuries to police and protestors. Related:
Videos: Protest out of hand | Injured
gave variety of
Protesters with a
Storify: Protest social media
- Mobile video and photos of the protests
Photo: Police corner protesters near McCormick Place. (Photo by Bartosz Brzezinski)
Iraq war veterans marched in protest of NATO on Sunday. The Red Line Project followed the journey of a DePaul student and the mother of a soldier who died.
In the last organized protest of the NATO summit, demonstrators marched to Boeing's headquarters, then to several other Loop locations, including Obama campaign headquarters.
Small business owners say they've seen a 50 to 75 percent decrease in business during the summit. Those close to the parade route fared better.
Photo: Riley Crane, inventory manager of Warehouse Liquor, talks about the loss of revenue during the NATO summit. (Photo by Ivy Liu)
NATO Secretary Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Saturday laid out the key issues and details for the summit: Aghanistan, NATO capabilities and partnerships. Related:
Veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars talk about their service and how the U.S. and NATO need to pull out of Afghanistan.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other NATO dignitaries invaded Wrigley Field for a rare Cubs weekend night game. Related:
Photo: Hillary Clinton makes her way into Wrigley Field. (Photo by Sean McDonough)
A debate at Pritzker Military Library on May 17 provided a thoughtful discussion and no outbursts from the audience. Related:
Both summits will have movers and shakers setting the agenda on global issues. Experts share who are the eight to watch. (Photo via iStockPhoto).
A week before the NATO summit, protesters from various activist organizations gathered at a South Side warehouse -- headquarters for Occupy Chicago -- for The People's Summit.
The two-day affair featured dozens of panels and discussions on issues relating to NATO and the G8.
Photo: Activist Joe Iosbaker makes a point during a discussion. (Photo by Brittany Lawler).