Nato Secretary General

NATO Secretary General

NATO Secretary General – All Time List Since 1949

NATO – the North Atlantic Treaty Organization – is a military alliance based on a 1949 Treaty. The “NATO Secretary General” heads the alliance and is generally chosen by consensus. 13 different Secretary General of NATO terms have be served to date with 3 acting NATO secretary generals. Anders Fogh Rasmussen was succeeded by Jens Stoltenberg of Norway in October 2014. Each member state (28 in total) agrees to defend any other member who comes under attack. This has only ever happened once – after the 9/11 World Trade Tower attacks in New York and led to the deployment of troops in Afghanistan.

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NATO Secretary General Tenure Nationality # Born / Died Achievements, previous offices etc.
Baron Hastings Ismay 1952-1957 Great Britain 1 1887-1965 Joined the British Army 1905 in the British Army. Served as a soldier in India and Somaliland among other places
Paul-Henri Spaak 1957-1961 Belgium 2 1899-1972 Regarded as one of the EU’s founding fathers.
Dirk Stikker 1961-1964 The Netherlands 3 1897-1979 Resigned due to health problems while in Office.
Manlio Giovanni Brosio 1964-1971 Italy 4 1897-1980 Demonstrated diplomatic skills during the 1968 invasion of Prague by the Russians.
Joseph Luns 1971-1984 The Netherlands 5 1911-2002 Dutch Foreign Minister from 1952-1971, signed the Treaty of Rome for the Netherlands.
Baron Peter Carington 1984-1988 Great Britain 6 1919 Secretary of State for Defense from 1970-1974 and Foreign Secretary 1979-1982. Resigned because of criticism related to the Falklands war.
Manfred Wörner 1988-1994 Germany 7 1934-1994 West German Defense Minister from 1982-1988. Died during tenure of colon cancer shortly before his 60th birthday.
Sergio Balanzino 1994 Italy * 1934 Took over only temporarily after Wörners death.
Willy Claes 1994-1995 Belgium 8 1938 Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium five times between 1973 and 1992. Forced to resign over pressure relating to the “Agusta Affair” (Italian helicopter deliveries)
Sergio Balanzino 1995 Italy * 1934 Took over temporarily after Claes’s resignation.
Javier Solana 1995-1999 Spain 9 1942 Originally a NATO opponent which led to sharp criticism of the nomination by the United States.
Baron George Robertson 1999-2003 Great Britain 10 1946 Previously British Defense Minister from 1997-1999 under UK Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Alessandro Minuto-Rizzo 2003-2004 Italy * 1940 Deputy Nato Secretary General 2001 to 2007, was acting Nato Secretary General for three weeks between 17 December 2003 and 1st January 2004.
Jaap de Hoop Scheffer 2004-2009 The Netherlands 11 1948 Viewed NATO’s main role as peacekeeping in Afghanistan.
Anders Fogh Rasmussen 2009-2014 Denmark 12 1953 Prime Minister of Denmark from 2001-2009.
Jens Stoltenberg Since 2014 Norway 13 1959 Prime Minister of Norway from 2000-2001 and 2005-2013.

Notes: *Acting NATO Secretary General. The French term for the Secretary General is: Secrétaire général de l’OTAN

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