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MU Students Attend Town Hall meeting with NATO Secretary General Rasmussen

Friday, March 09, 2012
On February 28, Dr. Chad Rector, assistant professor of Politics, and 11 MU students joined student groups from other area universities at a town hall meeting with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen at The National Defense University.

Secretary General Rasmussen began his remarks by paying tribute to NATO troops serving in Afghanistan and offering condolences to the families of those who lost their lives there. He emphasized that the people of Afghanistan will be in control of their own country by the end of 2014. The Secretary General then outlined the future of the NATO alliance and the possibility of new members.

Christopher Macomber ’14, a History major, found that the question and answer session elicited the most interesting discussion. Wei Chen (Wilson) Beh is at Marymount as an exchange student from Malaysia through the Global Undergraduate Exchange Program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of State. He asked about the effects of the financial crisis on NATO preparedness. Macomber said, “The Secretary General brought up the policy of ‘smart defense,’ which is a way to trim down and pool resources to beat a tough budget.”

Richard Cavalier ’13, a Politics major, inquired about the NATO missile defense system. And Yasin Abdi ’13, a Politics major, wanted to know about military spending and the handling of the crisis in Somalia. The NATO Summit to be held in Chicago in May will address many of the issues raised by the students.

– Wei Chen (Wilson) Beh asks the Secretary General about the financial crisis and how it is affecting NATO.

PHOTO 2 - The Secretary General addresses Wilson Beh's question.

- Richard Cavalier asks about the NATO missile defense system.

PHOTO 4 – left to right: Wei Chen (Wilson) Beh, Dr. Chad Rector, Hallie Houts, Miriam Hyeon, Komal Choudhary, Vincent Nicosia, Christopher Macomber, and Richard Cavalier.

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Christopher Macomber ’14 contributed to this story.