NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, who meets with President Obama on Friday, has penned an op-ed in today’s Wall Street Journal in which he discusses NATO’s continued mission in Libya and the next chapter in the alliance’s history.
“NATO's operational commitments have changed beyond recognition in the past 20 years, and we have never been busier,” Rasmussen writes, adding that what hasn’t changed is the mission of the multinational coalition.
The values that "NATO has upheld over six decades" include freedom, democracy, and humanity, which the alliance continues to defend around the world, he writes.
Specifically, Rasmussen promises that NATO will “keep up the pressure” in Libya until the coalition meets its objective of ending all attacks against civilians, ensuring the withdrawal of all regime and paramilitary forces to bases, and providing “full and unhindered humanitarian access to people in need across Libya.”
“One of the key reasons that NATO has endured as a security alliance for over 60 years is its ability to adapt to changing circumstances,” Rasmussen writes, recalling the alliance’s work since the Cold War in the Balkans and after 9/11 in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Acknowledging the budget pressures that NATO members all face, he argues that, working together, “allies can increase their coordination and provide greater security with fewer resources.”