Anders Fogh Rasmussen

Former Prime Minister of Denmark (2001-2009)
and Former NATO Secretary General (2009 - 2014)



Anders Fogh Rasmussen's new book "THE WILL TO LEAD"
discusses America's strategic leadership role


For three decades Anders Fogh Rasmussen has been at the centre of global and European politics; including being Prime Minister of Denmark, Danish Minister of Economic Affairs and NATO Secretary General. Anders is now the adviser to Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko and has also joined the Yalta European Strategy (YES) board. In 2017 Anders founded The Alliance of Democracies, which is dedicated to the advancement of democracy and free markets across the globe.

Anders has played a key role throughout his various tenures; as President of the European Union he concluded 10 candidate negotiations for accession to EU membership. As part of NATO he helped create a fundamental transformation of the Alliance, developing a new Strategic Concept, setting core priorities for the future. In the midst of the most serious economic crisis of modern times he launched a new initiative calling on nations for more multinational cooperation.

It is Anders’ experience and achievements along with his outstanding abilities which makes him recognised as a hugely respected voice in international politics. Anders gives unique insights into geopolitical trends and international hotspots. He also discusses the current international security challenges with great clarity. Drawing on his skills as an effective communicator, as a speaker, Anders Fogh Rasmussen also provides audiences with his knowledge and vision about Europe’s role in the world of geopolitical change.

Leadership in a Troubled World
International Security Challenges
Geopolitical Trends and International Hot Spots

Awards and Recognition

Knight Grand Cross in the Order of Orange-Nassau (2014)
St. George Medal, 1st Class, awarded by the Defence Minister of Bulgaria (2014)
Order of Stara Planina, awarded by the President of Bulgaria (2014)
Order of Liberty, awarded by the President of Ukraine (2014)
Doctor Honoris Causa title by the University of Bucharest (2013)
Medal of Merit in Gold (2012)

In His Own Words

The American people have spoken, and they have sent a clear signal saying that they want change and a new leadership of America. I congratulate Mr. Trump on his election victory in the hope that he will live up to the American people’s faith in him as well as show the global leadership the world truly needs. Trump said today that he will be the president for all Americans – a much needed message of unity.

Strong forces are changing conventional wisdom and this election result will surely stun many people all over the world. But now is not the time for rushed conclusions. We must all act responsibly and have faith in the strong ties to USA. We share the same fundamental values and our relation to America is deeply rooted, tested, and developed through generations. USA remains the world’s only superpower – and together, we must continue to protect the foundation of Western civilization: Free trade and common security. America’s allies are part of what makes America stronger.

The coming years will define the future world order. Freedom, democracy, and prosperity will only prevail if the U.S. accepts its rightful role as the leader of the free world. America’s success is founded on hard work, free trade, and world leadership, and those values must be upheld by Mr. Trump. It is my sincere hope that the new American President understands the importance of decisive action to secure peace and prosperity.I recommend the new President of the United States to initiate THREE FOREIGN POLICY STEPS within his first 100 days in the Oval Office:

1. The U.S. should continue to build its security policy on the transatlantic relationship that has led to an unprecedented peace and prosperity for the United States and Europe. Therefore, as Commander-in-Chief, Donald Trump must display strength towards Russia. Putin only respects a firm and steady hand. The U.S. President must strengthen the U.S. containment and deterrent policy towards Russia to lay the ground for serious dialogue and, ultimately, restore the strategic balance in Europe. The U.S. must increase support for NATO’s eastern flank, set up military bases wherever Russia is threatening the freedom and livelihood of U.S. allies, and wholeheartedly protect Ukraine against future Russian aggression. The Baltics and Ukraine are close friends of the U.S., and neglecting them will have far reaching consequences and mark the beginning of the end of the U.S.-led system.

2. The U.S. President must lead a new global trade and economic security pact. A pact that brings all democratic, industrialized countries under one open trading system, while at the same time addressing the needs of the most vulnerable economic sectors and working populations. We need to get both of these right in order to get the liberal economic and political systems working.

3. Finally, the conflict in Syria must be resolved. The U.S. President must initiate a no-fly zone to impose and maintain a credible and durable cease-fire in Syria. The U.S. must force the President of Syria, Bashar al-Assad, to the negotiating table and find a political solution to the devastating conflict.

Interview with Anders Fogh Rasmussen

Q What are the top 5 threats to international security in the coming decade?

I would point to the following five major threats to international security:

First, international terrorism. The rise of radical Islamism will fuel terrorism, not only nationally, but also globally. The terrorist network, al-Qaida, the sectarian Sunni-Shia divide and the rise of the so-called Islamic State hold the greatest potential for a regional and global terrorist threat.

Second, nationalistic revisionism. Russia’s attempts to re-establish a zone of Russian influence in its near abroad and China’s flexing of muscles in the East China Sea are prime examples.

Third, proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. Iran’s nuclear aspirations pose a risk of a regional nuclear arms race. Non-secure stockpiles of nukes or biological weapons are tempting targets for terrorist groups set for terrorist attacks.

Fourth, cyber attacks. Cyber attacks can disrupt the critical infrastructure that is vital to our economy, commerce, public safety and military. These attacks can be carried out by criminal groups as well as terrorist networks and nation states.

Fifth, transnational crime, such as arms smuggling, human trafficking and drugs trade. These illicit activities will often be financing terrorist organizations and extend their reach and wealth.

Many of these threats will be reinforced by failed states where people suffer from poverty and lack of opportunities, and climate change that will lead to new conflicts over migration and resources.

Q How do you become a true leader and what traits must you possess?

A true leader must be capable of setting a clear vision, transforming that vision into concrete goals, elaborating a strategy to achieve the goals, creating a coalition to carry out the strategy, and communicating the vision, the goals and the strategy. The true leader realizes that his or her overall mission can only be accomplished through team-work. That requires an ability to attract the most talented and ambitious people, to develop a good and creative working environment, and to show genuine appreciation for a good performance. At the same time, the true leader must stay focused on the goals, demonstrate true resolve, and be willing to take risks.

Q What is Europe’s role in 21st Century geopolitics, and which changes can or should be applied?

The European Union is the ideal forum for tackling globalisation. With its well-developed institutions, its democratic values, and its economic weight and clout. It is time for the EU to “go global”. First and foremost, because we as Europeans have a responsibility to work for freedom, democracy and peace around the world. But next, because it is in our own interest. The global power structure is changing. We can no longer take for granted that our values will continue to dominate international relations. The EU must be strong in order to defend freedom, democracy and human rights.

First, we must reform our economies to make them more competitive and stimulate growth and job creation. Second, the EU must take the lead in efforts to foster free trade and transatlantic economic cooperation. Third, we must strive for an independent Europe and reduce Europe’s dependency on imported oil and gas. Fourth, the EU must guarantee its citizens’ safety and security at a time when organised crime and terrorism attempt to breach all borders. Fifth, the EU must play a far more active role in its foreign policy – taking the lead in the fight against poverty and promoting security and democracy across the globe.

Q What are the key international challenges and opportunities for businesses in the coming months and years?

The obvious opportunity is that globalization is making the world into one, integrated market place. News, information, thoughts and ideas are spread and exchanged across continents incredibly fast. Relations among people are built much faster than ever before. Businesses that understand this dynamism and grasp those opportunities will become market leaders. However, the interconnected and interdependent world also poses some challenges to business. Regional hot spots and security threats can have a major global impact on trade and investment.

The edge of competition has sharpened and strengthens the requirement for staying one step ahead through technological advances, value creation and new working methods. Rapid communication through social media can change the political environment or the consumer behaviour in a moment. And in the global market place, recruiting and retaining qualified employees will require an improved ability to fulfil their expectations regarding workplace culture and flexibility and mobility.

How to book Anders Fogh Rasmussen

Drawing from his experience, Mr Rasmussen firmly believes that the enlargements of the EU and NATO have contributed to peace, progress and prosperity in Europe. He has achieved much diplomatic success as an extraordinary consensus-builder working behind the scenes with leaders of various nations. In his presentations he explains the tactics needed to promote world peace and security and the benefits to be reaped from achieving global stability.

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