NATO Announces New Leader, Former Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg
March 28, 2014 by UPI - United Press International, Inc.
NATO announced the appointment of Jens Stoltenberg, former prime minister of Norway, as Secretary General designate on its website Friday.
Stoltenberg, 55, who served as prime minister of Norway from 2000-2001 and 2005-2013, will be successor to Anders Rasmussen, whoâ€™s held the post for five years.
In support of his successor, along with his warm congratulations, Rasmussen tweeted:
Iâ€™ve known @JensStoltenberg for many yrs & know heâ€™s the right man to build on NATOâ€™s record of strength & success after #natosummitukâ€” AndersFogh Rasmussen (@AndersFoghR) March 28, 2014
Stoltenbergâ€™s appointment as the new leader of NATO comes at a time of the organizationâ€™s renewed relevance in light of escalating tensions with Russia over the country’s military action in the Ukraine.
As Rasmussen tweets:
The #Ukraine -#Russia crisis shows need for continued strong & determined leadership of #NATOâ€” AndersFogh Rasmussen (@AndersFoghR) March 28, 2014
But Rasmussen and NATO seem to believe that Stoltenberg is the man for the job.
Stoltenbergâ€™s bio, published alongside the announcement on NATOâ€™s website, stresses Stoltenbergâ€™s role in increasing Norwayâ€™s contributions to NATO in the past: â€śDuring his tenure as Prime Minister, Mr Stoltenberg frequently called for NATO to focus on security challenges close to Allied territory.â€ť It claims Stoltenberg â€śis a strong supporter of enhanced transatlantic cooperation, including better burden-sharing across the Atlantic.â€ť
This news is welcome to those Americans frustrated by what they feel is Americaâ€™s disproportionate fiscal contribution to European defense.