In Conversation with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen Cem Kocer
Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen

On 15 September 2014, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen delivered a speech entitled "A Strong NATO in an Era of Unrest", a special event hosted by Carnegie Europe in Brussels. 

Mr. Rasmussen has given insights into the outcomes of the Wales Summit, widely viewed as one of the most important summits in NATO’s sixty-five year history. 

He said: This is my last month in office as NATO Secretary General.  And I have to say these past five years have been the busiest and most challenging- for NATO and for me personally.  

NATO has carried out demanding and difficult operations on three different continents. And we have reformed and renewed our Alliance to make it fitter, faster and more flexible. 

A New Strategic Concept., The Readiness Action Plan, Smart Defence, The Connected Forces Initiative, Defence Capacity Building, Missile Defence, Enhanced Cyber Defence- these are all major achievements. They demonstrate NATO’s continuous ability to change and to adapt.

So, I’m confident that I will be leaving my good friend Jens Stoltenberg an Alliance with a solid foundation and a clear compass.  And I am sure that he will do a great job in keeping NATO strong. 


Turkey has played a crucial role in our alliance and continues to play it.


ISIS is a group of terrorists with whom there is no chance whatsoever to negotiate. ISIS was the biggest threat the military alliance faces apart from tensions with Russia, but that while immediate action was necessary against the jihadists, Moscow's actions in Ukraine did not pose an "imminent threat" to NATO. According to Rasmussen, there is a basis in the UN principles to conduct a military operation against ISIS. ISIS attacks against minorities are close to genocide, when asked about UN mandate for allies to intervene. 


Russia's actions in Ukraine and elsewhere trampled all the rules and commitments that have kept peace in Europe and beyond since the end of the Cold War.

Scottish Referendum

The outcome of the Scottish referendum will not have an impact in UK contribution to NATO. 


For Ukraine, we do believe that the right way forward is a political solution.

Edited by: Lilit Mkrtchyan
Photos: Made by the author Cem Kocer