NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg joined USF in March 2021 for a special conversation on “The Future of NATO.” This virtual event was free and open to the public, and was a pre-approved event for students pursuing the Global Citizen Award.
watch the video recording below:
THE FOLLOWING IS NATO’S POST-EVENT COVERAGE OF THE EVENT, INCLUDING TRANSCRIPT AND HIGH RESOLUTION PHOTOS.
THE TAMPA BAY TIMES published this ARTICLE BY SECRETARY GENERAL JENS STOLTENBERG in advance of the event:
Here is the link: NATO makes America stronger and safer | Column
Mr. Stoltenberg attended the University of Oslo, where he earned an advanced degree in economics. He worked as a journalist before entering politics as a member of the Norwegian Labour Party. He served as Prime Minister of Norway in 2005-2013, during which time he led his country through the 2011 terrorist attacks that killed nearly 80 people, most of them teenagers at a youth camp. This attack by a lone political extremist was the deadliest incident in Norway since the end of World War II. Mr. Stoltenberg became NATO Secretary General in October 2014, in the wake of Russia’s annexation of Crimea, and at a time when the alliance confronted some of its greatest challenges since the end of the Cold War. In his April 2019 address to the US Congress, Secretary General Stoltenberg stated:
“We have overcome our disagreements in the past. And we must overcome our differences now. Because we will need our Alliance even more in the future. We face unprecedented challenges, challenges no one nation can face alone. The global balance of power is shifting. The fight against terrorism is a generational fight. We have only just seen the beginning of the threats in cyber space. Artificial intelligence, quantum computing, and big data could change the nature of conflict more fundamentally than the Industrial Revolution. And we will need to continue to deal with a more assertive Russia.… There is no contradiction between deterrence, defence and dialogue. We do not want to isolate Russia. We strive for a better relationship with Russia. But even without a better relationship, we still need to manage a difficult one. So, we need to talk. And we do talk. To reduce risks, to avoid incidents, accidents and miscalculations.”