NATO Secretary-General Rasmussen’s Visit to City College

In his visit to City College, NATO Secretary General Ander Fogh Rasmussen talked about what has been the main role of this organization and its contribution to the world. But before addressing the audience in Shepard Hall’s Great Hall, Mr. Rasmussen met with fellows from the Colin Powell Center, who engaged him in an interesting conversation about leadership and the importance of service.

NATO Secretary-General Rasmussen seated with CCNY President Coico, taking questions during his CCNY townhall forum. Photo @ by Sirin Samman
NATO Secretary-General Rasmussen seated with CCNY President Coico, taking questions during his CCNY townhall forum. Photo by Sirin Samman

By Paola Martinez, Colin Powell Leadership Fellow

In his visit to City College, NATO Secretary General Ander Fogh Rasmussen talked about what has been the main role of this organization and its contribution to the world. But before addressing the audience in Shepard Hall’s Great Hall, Mr. Rasmussen met with fellows from the Colin Powell Center, who engaged him in an interesting conversation about leadership and the importance of service. He said one of the most important leadership skills he has developed as secretary-general of NATO is patience. This has allowed him to work together with all members of the organization to accomplish the organization’s objectives and pursue their main goal. But what is NATO’s goal, one may ask. And what is the purpose its existence? As Secretary General Rasmussen stated to the lively audience that filled the Great Hall to listen to his speech, NATO’s legacy and continuing goal can be stated in one word: freedom. To protect and defend world freedom is the organization’s goal, and to fight for it while observing the values that shape the organization, which are: liberty, democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights. Continue reading “NATO Secretary-General Rasmussen’s Visit to City College”

Immigration Reform: A First Step Toward Elevating the Future

Elated students hug in response to President Obama's immigration reform announcement.
Elated students hug in response to President Obama’s immigration reform announcement. Photo by Delcia Lopez

By Center Director Vince Boudreau.

Every spring, I spend several days lecturing at a retirement community.  Part of what drives Powell Center programming is a desire to more effectively connect the college’s activities to the public sphere, and by presenting lectures about international affairs geared to public audiences, I feel I am discharging that mission, if only in very modest terms.  I often talk about security policy, or international affairs in Asia.  But two years ago, on the heels of the Powell Center’s immigration conference, I chose to speak on immigration and the role of new Americans in this country.

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