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Former Denmark Prime Minister to Discuss U.S.-European Ties Nov. 13 at UW

October 25, 2017
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Anders Rasmussen

Former Danish Prime Minister and NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen will discuss the future of the United States-European alliance Monday, Nov. 13, at the University of Wyoming.

Rasmussen will discuss “America’s Will to Lead: Transatlantic Relations and the Future of U.S.-European Alliance” from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the UW College of Arts and Sciences auditorium. His talk is free and open to the public.

Rasmussen has been at the center of European and global politics for three decades as a leading Danish parliamentarian, minister for taxation (1987-1992), minister for economic affairs (1990-92) and Denmark’s prime minister (2001-09). He was secretary general of NATO from 2009-2014.

In 2014, Rasmussen established Rasmussen Global, which provides geopolitical and strategic consulting services. His tenure as secretary general of NATO marked a fundamental transformation of the alliance, setting the alliance’s core priorities for the future.

He launched “Smart Defense” to help nations make efficient use of their resources through more multinational cooperation. Rasmussen also extended and strengthened NATO’s partnerships with nations around the world, making them the hub of a network of international security partnerships.

In his latest book, “The Will to Lead: America’s Indispensable Role in the Global Fight for Freedom,” which was released last fall, Rasmussen argues that Western democracies, with the steadfast leadership of the United States, must stand up to authoritarianism around the world. Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event.

In his UW presentation, Rasmussen explores these themes and also the geopolitical risks and the opportunities the Trump administration will bring. Weaving together wisdom, history and his personal experiences, Rasmussen provides audiences with a new perspective to consider.

The event is made possible through the generous support of the U.S. Sen. Malcolm Wallop Conversations on Democracy Program, College of Arts and Sciences, and the Center for Global Studies.

For information about future Center for Global Studies events, call (307) 766-6119 or visit the website at

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