NATO’s new head is Norway ex-prime minister Stoltenberg

NATO named a new leader Friday, tapping a former Norwegian prime minister as it seeks to shore up the alliance amid fears of a new Russian expansionism.

Jens Stoltenberg will take the reins from current NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen in October, becoming the second consecutive Scandinavian to occupy the post. Fogh Rasmussen, a former Danish premier, has headed the 28-nation alliance since 2009.

The scheduled change in leadership comes as the West confronts what some fear is a newly aggressive Moscow, which under President Vladimir Putin annexed Crimea earlier this month after Russian forces invaded the peninsula and wrested it away from Ukraine.

The incursion is a major issue for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, which was forged in the Cold War and has tried to define a new role for itself after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Los Angeles Times


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