National Review on September 22, 2016, published an article by former NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen of Denmark introducing his new book “The Will to Lead”. Excerpts below:
I believe we have reached a point in time where there is a need to create an overwhelming, credible, and strong liberal democratic supremacy, to counterbalance the rising and assertive autocracies. The next American president should therefore use his or her convening power to bring together the world’s democracies in a strong Alliance for Democracy. Such an alliance would bring together nations from around the world whose common characteristic would be that they are democracies.
The objective of the Alliance would be to create a forum where the world’s democracies could meet on a regular basis to discuss global issues, coordinate their policies, and possibly take joint action to reinforce liberal democratic values around the world. The Alliance would be a forum where the world’s democracies could meet on a regular basis to discuss global issues, coordinate their policies, and possibly take joint action to reinforce liberal democratic values.
In more concrete terms, the Alliance for Democracy could conceivably have five tasks. First, it could help confront common security challenges, including terrorism. Second, it should work to make the liberal capitalist democracies more prosperous, competitive, and attractive by promoting commerce, economic growth, and job creation. Third, the Alliance for Democracy could help promote democracy directly, through advice, support, and assistance. Fourth, the Alliance could be a forum for the coordination of policies in other international organizations. The Alliance should not replace or dilute existing international organizations, but it is important for the world’s democracies to have a forum where they can coordinate their policies in the U.N. and other international organizations — not least, so that they that could push for reforms to make the U.N. more effective. Fifth, the Alliance for Democracy could be used for joint action, particularly humanitarian interventions, and to use its muscle to push and persuade members of the Security Council, including Russia and China.
The Alliance for Democracy would not only bolster the identity and potency of democracy in the world, it would also allow the free world to negotiate from a much-needed position of unity and strength. At a time when forces of oppression are trying to regain ground, the free world, led by the United States, has to rally behind its guiding principles for the sake of its own citizens and the millions of people caught in unfree and autocratic regimes. The next president must make us all dream big again and fulfill the hope of a freedom-based world order.
Anders Fogh Rasmussen served as Denmark’s prime minister from 2001 until he was elected secretary general of NATO, in which office he served from 2009 to 2014. His new book,”The Will to Lead: America’s Indispensable Role in the Global Fight for Freedom” is published by HarperCollins/Broadside Books and in Danish by Jyllands-Posten forlag