Many names began to be discussed for the NATO Secretary-General Chair, featuring three female faces.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has kept this position from October 2014.


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At the headquarters of the organization in Brussels, Belgium, the only discussions started and the Stoltenberg successor was expected to be introduced at the NATO Summit in Madrid at the end of spring or early summer next year.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.

However, many speculation have emerged in Brussels as well as in the capital of other member states.

Others re-evaluated in the context of stress with Russia without signs of calming, choosing a Western European leader will send an important signal to Moscow.

Placing two filters on each other, three bright names quickly rose to the top of the candidate list, including former Croatia Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic President, former Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite and President Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid.

Grabar-Kitarovic, the first female president of Croatia in the 2015-2020 term, with the advantage of working at NATO headquarters as a secretary of the secretary on public diplomacy from 2011 to 2014.

The opponents argue that Grabar-Kitarovic, who has built his career as a medium-friendly conservative politician, has badly imagine itself when accepting his right side of the pure campaign

But Grabar-Kitarovic is still recognized as the most impressive record of NATO's potential leadership candidates.


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In the spring, as the American University's Institute of Politics and Politics, Grabar-Kitarovic held a discussion about the NATO future, where she emphasized that herself invested in mind

Former Croatian president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic spoke at the United Nations 2015. Photo: Reuters.

I love the work in NATO, Grabar-Kitarovic spoke at the event, with the participation of former NATO Secretary-General and former Foreign Minister of Netherlands Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, who holds a term from 2004 to 2009.

Keep this position behind Scheffer and before Stoltenberg is a former Danish Prime Minister Anders Foghsmussen.

According to the sources inside NATO, it is difficult to imagine the alliance choosing a face that does not have to lead the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the Government for the Secretary-General Chair.

NATO's favorite for former national leaders led to recent speculation about the former British Prime Minister Theresa May could be a potential candidate.

Mark Sedwill, Internal Secretary and National Security Advisor under May Prime Minister, was also predicted as a British representative candidate for NATO leadership.

A former influential ambassador to NATO said he was expected to run fiercely for the secretary chair as a way to show that the country still maintained a strong influence in European Brexit.


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But diplomats note that qualifications will be much higher than NATO than nationality, especially leadership, management and communication skills.

Former President Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite attends the NATO Summit in Brussels, Belgium, July 2018.

These criteria may create a major obstacle to former Prime Minister, who is underestimated in both management and communication skills in the period of the European Union.

Sedwill Meanwhile has never been as a diplomatic minister or defense minister, two positions are considered to be a minimum requirement for any NATO leader.

America, France, Germany, England who are traditionally viewed are the most influential allies in the process of choosing secretary.

Other Western European faces in the list of candidates can mention Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, who is busy establishing a new government alliance, and Belgian Foreign Minister Sophie Wilmes, who served as Prime Minister.

Observers also said that choosing a NATO Secretary-General from the Baltic Countries, especially Lithuanian President Grybauskaite, may be considered too hostile to Moskva at the time that US President Joe Biden is trying to

Another factor affects the decision to choose the country of the candidate who has completed the goal of contributing 2% of GDP to NATO defense spending.


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Kaljulaid recently made a campaign campaign to win the Secretary-General of the cooperation and economic development organization, the position seemed much more suitable for her background, but failed.

Romania is another NATO ally that meets the 2% criterion, providing the opportunity to win the Secretary-General for President Klaus Iohannis, although the country is considered a bit of battle before Russia.

In the opposite direction, Grabar-Kitarovic could be skeptical because he was too close to Russian President Vladimir Putin at the 2018 World Cup. At that time, she was a prominent fan for the Croatian team on the journey

Estonia Kersti Kaljulad said before the National Assembly in April 2019.

France does not select the Secretary-General but can use the veto, which will kill the opportunity to win the Turkish candidate's chair, according to the source of understanding the problem.

During the seminar at the US University, Grabar-Kitarovic showed that she also had a high view of NATO's role, like Stoltenberg.

It should be noted that NATO is not just a military alliance.