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23 Mar. 2012

NATO in 2020: Secretary General sets out his vision

Seeking the right balance between Allies is the key to the continued success of NATO for 2020 and beyond. This can only be achieved by focusing on shared purpose, responsibility and leadership between European and North American Allies.

This is the vision for NATO 2020 that NATO’s Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen presented at the seventh annual Brussels Forum of the German Marshall Fund  on 23 March 2012 . 

Addressing more than 200 of the most influential North American and European political, corporate and intellectual leaders, Mr. Rasmussen reaffirmed NATO’s undiminished relevance to world security: ‘it has played a major role in guaranteeing peace in the Euro-Atlantic area for over sixty years’ he recalled, ‘ and as our mission for Libya showed, our Alliance remains an essential source of stability in an unpredictable world. NATO is the indispensable Alliance’

NATO is based upon a shared purpose that needs to be preserved in challenging times, despite the financial crisis and declining defence budgets. ‘Every cut today will have consequences for our security tomorrow. And for what we are able to do as an Alliance ', Anders Fogh Rasmussen stressed. 

Spending defence money in a smarter way, through prioritisation, specialisation and cooperation, focusing ‘not just on what we cut, but on what we keep’ is the backbone to the shared responsibility concept. By building on past and current operational experiences and skills, the Connected Forces Initiative will also help consolidate Allies and Partners’ high interoperability level. ‘In Afghanistan, American, European and partner nations have developed an outstanding ability to operate alongside each other’, the Secretary General pointed out,  stressing,  ‘ We need to keep those gains’. Looking back at operations in Kosovo, Afghanistan and for Libya, he expressed confidence in Europe and North America’s ability to share leadership: ‘ This shows how different Allies can lead dif f erent operations. And that is why I am confident that European nations can share the leadership role within the Atlantic community’.
 
That  task can only be successful if anchored strongly in the unique security partnership network that NATO has been developing over the last years: ‘ By working together with our partners, we enhance our own security. We enhance  the  security of their regions, And of the security of the world we live in’.

NATO in 2020 - Shared leadership for a shared future

23 Mar. 2012

Speech by NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen at the Brussels Forum Conference

Last updated: 23-Mar-2012 15:26

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Brussels Forum Conference 2012 23. Mar. 2012 The NATO Secretary General Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen addresses the Brussels Forum with his speech "NATO 2020 - Shared Leadership for a shared Future" 
Brussels Forum Conference 2012 23. Mar. 2012 The NATO Secretary General Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen addresses the Brussels Forum with his speech "NATO 2020 - Shared Leadership for a shared Future" 
Brussels Forum Conference 2012 23. Mar. 2012 The NATO Secretary General Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen addresses the Brussels Forum with his speech "NATO 2020 - Shared Leadership for a shared Future" 
Brussels Forum Conference 2012 23. Mar. 2012 The NATO Secretary General Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen addresses the Brussels Forum at Conrad Hotel on Friday, 23 March 2012 with his speech ÒNATO 2020 Ð Shared Leadership for a shared FutureÓ 
Brussels Forum Conference 2012 23. Mar. 2012 The NATO Secretary General Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen addresses the Brussels Forum at Conrad Hotel on Friday, 23 March 2012 with his speech ÒNATO 2020 Ð Shared Leadership for a shared FutureÓ 
Brussels Forum Conference 2012 23. Mar. 2012 The NATO Secretary General Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen addresses the Brussels Forum at Conrad Hotel on Friday, 23 March 2012 with his speech ÒNATO 2020 Ð Shared Leadership for a shared FutureÓ 
Brussels Forum Conference 2012 23. Mar. 2012 The NATO Secretary General Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen addresses the Brussels Forum at Conrad Hotel on Friday, 23 March 2012 with his speech ÒNATO 2020 Ð Shared Leadership for a shared FutureÓ 
Brussels Forum Conference 2012 23. Mar. 2012 The NATO Secretary General Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen addresses the Brussels Forum at Conrad Hotel on Friday, 23 March 2012 with his speech ÒNATO 2020 Ð Shared Leadership for a shared FutureÓ 
Brussels Forum Conference 2012 23. Mar. 2012 The NATO Secretary General Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen addresses the Brussels Forum at Conrad Hotel on Friday, 23 March 2012 with his speech ÒNATO 2020 Ð Shared Leadership for a shared FutureÓ 
Brussels Forum Conference 2012 23. Mar. 2012 The NATO Secretary General Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen addresses the Brussels Forum at Conrad Hotel on Friday, 23 March 2012 with his speech ÒNATO 2020 Ð Shared Leadership for a shared FutureÓ 
Brussels Forum Conference 2012 23. Mar. 2012 The NATO Secretary General Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen addresses the Brussels Forum at Conrad Hotel on Friday, 23 March 2012 with his speech ÒNATO 2020 Ð Shared Leadership for a shared FutureÓ 
Brussels Forum Conference 2012 23. Mar. 2012 The NATO Secretary General Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen addresses the Brussels Forum at Conrad Hotel on Friday, 23 March 2012 with his speech ÒNATO 2020 Ð Shared Leadership for a shared FutureÓ 
Brussels Forum Conference 2012 23. Mar. 2012 The Secretary General of NATO Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen meet with Belgiums Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders (left) on his arrival to the Brussels Forum at Conrad Hotel on Friday, 23 March 2012. On the rigth side Mark R. Jacobson, Senior Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund ( GMF). 
Brussels Forum Conference 2012 23. Mar. 2012 The Secretary General of NATO Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Mark R. Jacobson, Senior Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund ( GMF), at the Brussels Forum at Conrad Hotel on Friday, 23 March 2012. 
Brussels Forum Conference 2012 23. Mar. 2012 The Secretary General of NATO Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Wilfried Martens, President, European PeopleÕs Party, at the Brussels Forum at Conrad Hotel on Friday, 23 March 2012. 
Brussels Forum Conference 2012 23. Mar. 2012 The Secretary General of NATO Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Wilfried Martens, President, European PeopleÕs Party, at the Brussels Forum at Conrad Hotel on Friday, 23 March 2012. 
Brussels Forum Conference 2012 23. Mar. 2012 BBC World Anchor Mr. Nik Gowing having a conversation with the Secretary General of NATO Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen at the Brussels Forum at Conrad Hotel on Friday, 23 March 2012 after the Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen gave his speech ÒNATO 2020 Ð Shared Leadership for a shared FutureÓ. 
Brussels Forum Conference 2012 23. Mar. 2012 BBC World Anchor Mr. Nik Gowing having a conversation with the Secretary General of NATO Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen at the Brussels Forum at Conrad Hotel on Friday, 23 March 2012 after the Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen gave his speech ÒNATO 2020 Ð Shared Leadership for a shared FutureÓ. 
Brussels Forum Conference 2012 23. Mar. 2012 BBC World Anchor Mr. Nik Gowing having a conversation with the Secretary General of NATO Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen at the Brussels Forum at Conrad Hotel on Friday, 23 March 2012 after the Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen gave his speech ÒNATO 2020 Ð Shared Leadership for a shared FutureÓ. 
Brussels Forum Conference 2012 23. Mar. 2012 BBC World Anchor Mr. Nik Gowing having a conversation with the Secretary General of NATO Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen at the Brussels Forum at Conrad Hotel on Friday, 23 March 2012 after the Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen gave his speech ÒNATO 2020 Ð Shared Leadership for a shared FutureÓ. 
Brussels Forum Conference 2012 23. Mar. 2012 BBC World Anchor Mr. Nik Gowing having a conversation with the Secretary General of NATO Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen at the Brussels Forum at Conrad Hotel on Friday, 23 March 2012 after the Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen gave his speech ÒNATO 2020 Ð Shared Leadership for a shared FutureÓ. 
Brussels Forum Conference 2012 23. Mar. 2012 BBC World Anchor Mr. Nik Gowing having a conversation with the Secretary General of NATO Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen at the Brussels Forum at Conrad Hotel on Friday, 23 March 2012 after the Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen gave his speech ÒNATO 2020 Ð Shared Leadership for a shared FutureÓ. 
Brussels Forum Conference 2012 23. Mar. 2012 BBC World Anchor Mr. Nik Gowing having a conversation with the Secretary General of NATO Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen at the Brussels Forum at Conrad Hotel on Friday, 23 March 2012 after the Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen gave his speech ÒNATO 2020 Ð Shared Leadership for a shared FutureÓ. 
Brussels Forum Conference 2012 23. Mar. 2012 BBC World Anchor Mr. Nik Gowing having a conversation with the Secretary General of NATO Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen at the Brussels Forum at Conrad Hotel on Friday, 23 March 2012 after the Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen gave his speech ÒNATO 2020 Ð Shared Leadership for a shared FutureÓ. 
Brussels Forum Conference 2012 23. Mar. 2012 BBC World Anchor Mr. Nik Gowing having a conversation with the Secretary General of NATO Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen at the Brussels Forum at Conrad Hotel on Friday, 23 March 2012 after the Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen gave his speech ÒNATO 2020 Ð Shared Leadership for a shared FutureÓ. 
Brussels Forum Conference 2012 23. Mar. 2012 BBC World Anchor Mr. Nik Gowing having a conversation with the Secretary General of NATO Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen at the Brussels Forum at Conrad Hotel on Friday, 23 March 2012 after the Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen gave his speech ÒNATO 2020 Ð Shared Leadership for a shared FutureÓ. 
Brussels Forum Conference 2012 23. Mar. 2012 BBC World Anchor Mr. Nik Gowing having a conversation with the Secretary General of NATO Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen at the Brussels Forum at Conrad Hotel on Friday, 23 March 2012 after the Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen gave his speech ÒNATO 2020 Ð Shared Leadership for a shared FutureÓ. 
Brussels Forum Conference 2012 23. Mar. 2012 BBC World Anchor Mr. Nik Gowing having a conversation with the Secretary General of NATO Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen at the Brussels Forum at Conrad Hotel on Friday, 23 March 2012 after the Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen gave his speech ÒNATO 2020 Ð Shared Leadership for a shared FutureÓ. 
Brussels Forum Conference 2012 23. Mar. 2012 BBC World Anchor Mr. Nik Gowing having a conversation with the Secretary General of NATO Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen at the Brussels Forum at Conrad Hotel on Friday, 23 March 2012 after the Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen gave his speech ÒNATO 2020 Ð Shared Leadership for a shared FutureÓ. 
Brussels Forum Conference 2012 23. Mar. 2012 BBC World Anchor Mr. Nik Gowing having a conversation with the Secretary General of NATO Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen at the Brussels Forum at Conrad Hotel on Friday, 23 March 2012 after the Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen gave his speech ÒNATO 2020 Ð Shared Leadership for a shared FutureÓ. 
Brussels Forum Conference 2012 23. Mar. 2012 BBC World Anchor Mr. Nik Gowing having a conversation with the Secretary General of NATO Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen at the Brussels Forum at Conrad Hotel on Friday, 23 March 2012 after the Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen gave his speech ÒNATO 2020 Ð Shared Leadership for a shared FutureÓ. 
Brussels Forum Conference 2012 23. Mar. 2012 Bilateral meeting between the NATO Secretary General Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Kostyantyn Gryshchenko, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ukraine, in connection with the Brussels Forum at Conrad Hotel on Friday, 23 March 2012. 
Brussels Forum Conference 2012 23. Mar. 2012 Bilateral meeting between the NATO Secretary General Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Kostyantyn Gryshchenko, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ukraine, in connection with the Brussels Forum at Conrad Hotel on Friday, 23 March 2012. 
Brussels Forum Conference 2012 23. Mar. 2012 Bilateral meeting between the NATO Secretary General Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Kostyantyn Gryshchenko, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ukraine, in connection with the Brussels Forum at Conrad Hotel on Friday, 23 March 2012. 
Brussels Forum Conference 2012 23. Mar. 2012 Bilateral meeting between the NATO Secretary General Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Kostyantyn Gryshchenko, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ukraine, in connection with the Brussels Forum at Conrad Hotel on Friday, 23 March 2012. 
Brussels Forum Conference 2012 23. Mar. 2012 Bilateral meeting between the NATO Secretary General Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Kostyantyn Gryshchenko, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ukraine, in connection with the Brussels Forum at Conrad Hotel on Friday, 23 March 2012. 
Brussels Forum Conference 2012 23. Mar. 2012 Bilateral meeting between the NATO Secretary General Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Kostyantyn Gryshchenko, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ukraine, in connection with the Brussels Forum at Conrad Hotel on Friday, 23 March 2012. 
Brussels Forum Conference 2012 23. Mar. 2012 NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow and Jeanne Shaheen, Member of the United States Senate, in connection with the Brussels Forum at Conrad Hotel on Friday, 23 March 2012. 
Brussels Forum Conference 2012 23. Mar. 2012 NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow and Jeanne Shaheen, Member of the United States Senate, in connection with the Brussels Forum at Conrad Hotel on Friday, 23 March 2012. 
Brussels Forum Conference 2012 23. Mar. 2012 NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow and Jeanne Shaheen, Member of the United States Senate, in connection with the Brussels Forum at Conrad Hotel on Friday, 23 March 2012. 
Brussels Forum Conference 2012 23. Mar. 2012 NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow and Jeanne Shaheen, Member of the United States Senate, in connection with the Brussels Forum at Conrad Hotel on Friday, 23 March 2012. 
Brussels Forum Conference 2012 23. Mar. 2012 NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow and Jeanne Shaheen, Member of the United States Senate, in connection with the Brussels Forum at Conrad Hotel on Friday, 23 March 2012. 
Brussels Forum Conference 2012 23. Mar. 2012 NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow and Jeanne Shaheen, Member of the United States Senate, in connection with the Brussels Forum at Conrad Hotel on Friday, 23 March 2012.