The scheduled change in leadership comes as the West confronts what some fear is a newly aggressive Moscow, which under President
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.
Most of Fogh Rasmussen’s tenure has been occupied with the war in Afghanistan and such challenges as the
Via Twitter, Fogh Rasmussen called Stoltenberg "the right man to build on NATO’s record of strength & success" and said that the Crimean crisis showed the "need for continued strong & determined leadership" of the alliance. British Prime Minister
Under Stoltenberg's premiership from 2005 to 2013, Norway increased its defense budget and now spends more, per capita, on defense than most other countries in the 28-nation alliance, according to NATO.
Stoltenberg, 55, became a familiar face to many people outside Norway three years ago after the bombing and shooting rampage in Oslo and Utoya Island by anti-Muslim extremist
A year later, however, an independent inquiry blamed police for failing to prevent or respond more effectively to the massacre.
In 2013, Stoltenberg resigned as premier after his