Former NATO Head Rasmussen to Address SJU Veterans Speaker Series
Anders Fogh Rasmussen to discuss ‘NATO: Past, Present and Future’
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
PHILADELPHIA (Oct. 18, 2017) — The SJU Office of Veterans Services will host Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the 12th Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), on Thursday, Nov. 16, at 7 p.m., in the Wolfington Teletorium at Mandeville Hall. Rasmussen, who is also the former prime minister of Denmark, will offer his remarks, “NATO: Past, Present and Future,” following a reception at 6:15 p.m., in the Mandeville Hall lobby. The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required.
“The Office of Veterans Services and the Haub School of Business are honored to welcome Anders Fogh Rasmussen, an esteemed leader in global politics, to Saint Joseph’s University,” says Ralph Galati ’70 (USAF), director of veterans services. “His lecture will draw on his experience leading the largest military alliance in history and will also discuss NATO’s future challenges in the 21st century.”
As NATO’s secretary general (2009-14), Rasmussen oversaw operations on three continents and supported new initiatives such as the Smart Defense Initiative and the Connected Forces Initiative, which strengthened the Allied force’s military capabilities. He also improved the NATO defense in response to aggressive actions by Russia and adopted a Readiness Action Plan to respond faster to threats around the world.
Born in Ginnerup, Denmark, in 1953, Rasmussen graduated from the University of Aarhus in 1978 and became a member of Danish parliament the same year. Over the course of his career in government, he held many positions, including Minister for Taxation, Minister for Economic Affairs in the Conservative-Liberal Coalition Government, spokesman for the Liberal Party and chairman of the Liberal Party’s national organization.
In 2001, Rasmussen formed his own government, a coalition consisting of the Liberal Party and the Conservative People’s Party, which earned him the position of 24th prime minister of Denmark. During his time as prime minister, Rasmussen reformed taxes and supported the 2003 war in Iraq. He held the office until 2009, when he was elected as the 12th Secretary General of NATO.
After his time as secretary general, Rasmussen launched Rasmussen Global, a firm that connects and influences key stakeholders, analyses political risks and formulates strategic advice. His book, The Will to Lead (2016), is "a defense of American leadership in the global struggle for freedom and democracy.”