A „Smart“ NATO Secretary General

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The political background of NATO’s new Secretary General, the former Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen, is more complex than it may seems. He is facing the task of articulating a “new strategic concept” for NATO. The Americans want to shape this document along the lines of their new “smart power” doctrine. But above all, NATO has to face the impact of the financial-economic crisis.

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“Smart Power” Decends on Munich Security Conference

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In 2007, the intervention of Russian President Putin dominated the Munich Security Conference. This year, it was the Obama admininistration’s “smart power” foreign policy, presented by a high-powered US delegation. Vice President Biden’s speech stood at the center of attention, but Joseph Nye explained what American “smart power” really means – which is not exactly what most people think it is.

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