Atlantic Council, 1030 15th ST NW, 12th FloorWashington, DC CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE WEBCASTAmerica’s Role in the World
with Anders Fogh RasmussenA conversation with:Anders Fogh RasmussenFormer Secretary General
North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)Moderated by:Julia IoffeContributing Writer
Politico MagazineIntroduced by:Damon WilsonExecutive Vice President, Programs and Strategy
In The Will to Lead
, Secretary General Rasmussen reviews current geopolitical events --the Arab Spring, the Iranian nuclear deal, the Russian annexation of Crimea, and the invasion of Ukraine-- and critically analyzes the strategy and decision-making of President Obama and his secretaries of state. Rasmussen looks at past presidents to identify the indispensable components of presidential leadership on the global stage, and shares his personal assessments of leaders he has come to know personally, including Vladimir Putin, Angela Merkel, Barack Obama, and Hillary Clinton. Most important, he offers a bold plan for a strengthened American and European alliance, joined by like-minded liberal democracies such as Japan and Australia, to create a military, political, and economic bulwark against the forces of tyranny.
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has been at the center of European and global politics for three decades as Secretary General of NATO, Prime Minister of Denmark, Danish Minister of Economic Affairs, and a leading Danish parliamentarian.
During the 1980s, Rasmussen played a key role in Danish foreign and economic policy, serving as deputy chairman of the Liberal Party and Minister of Taxation. He was promoted to Minister of Economic Affairs in 1990 and served as the Danish negotiator of and signatory to the Maastricht Treaty, which eventually led to the introduction of the single currency, the euro.
In 1998, Rasmussen became chairman of the Liberal Party and leader of the Danish opposition. In the parliamentary elections 2001, his party won a landslide victory and became the biggest party in the Danish parliament. He formed his first government, and became Prime Minister of a coalition consisting of the Liberal Party and the Conservative People’s Party. During the Danish Presidency of the European Union from July to December 2002, Rasmussen played a key role in concluding the accession negotiations with 10 candidates for EU-membership. He held the position as Prime Minister until he was elected as future NATO Secretary General at the Strasbourg-Kehl Summit in April 2009.
As NATO Secretary General, Rasmussen oversaw the Alliance’s operational peak with six operations on three continents including Afghanistan, Kosovo and Libya, as well as counter-piracy along the Somali coast, a training mission in Iraq and a counter-terrorism operation in the Mediterranean. He developed a new Strategic Concept, which sets the Alliance’s core priorities for the future. In the midst of the most serious economic crisis in recent time, he launched “Smart Defense” to help nations make more efficient use of their resources through more multinational cooperation. And in response to Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, he initiated a “Readiness Action Plan” adopted by Heads of State at a historic summit in Wales to strengthen the collective defense to an unprecedented level since the end of the Cold War. A reformer who made the Alliance leaner and more efficient, Mr. Rasmussen also extended and strengthened NATO’s partnerships with nations around the world, making it the hub of a network of international security partnerships.
Anders Fogh Rasmussen has advocated stronger ties between the world’s democracies, including a truly “Integrated Transatlantic Community”, a Transatlantic Free Trade Agreement between the EU and North America, and a global community of democracies.
On 1 October 2014 Mr. Rasmussen established Rasmussen Global. The firm advises clients on a wide range of issues such as international security, transatlantic relations, the European Union, and emerging markets. Rasmussen Global draws on an extensive network of leading policy experts, former officials, business executives and consulting firms across the globe. Back