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Panel Discussion: Trump: The First 100 Days

On Tuesday, 7 February, Netherlands Atlantic Youth and SIB Utrecht organized a panel discussion in Utrecht entitled: “Trump: The First 100 Days”.


Trump’s election can be called a political earthquake and signals that American politics will not be business as usual for at least four years to come. With his controversial rhetoric and his bold ambitions concerning immigration, the economy and foreign policy, all eyes are set on the first 100 days of President Trump. What will America look like under his administration?



Jaap Verheul (Utrecht University)

Markha Valenta (Radboud University Nijmegen)

Meline Arakelian (Ministry of Foreign Affairs

A report of the meeting will be published here shortly.

New Year's Meeting: Matt Mayer

On Monday, 16 January, the Netherlands Atlantic Association and Netherlands Atlantic Youth jointly organized a program in De Balie in Amsterdam on (President) Trump’s Foreign Policy: What (not) to expect?


The speaker was Matt A. Mayer (President of Opportunity Ohio and Visiting Fellow with the American Enterprise Institute). Paul Brill (foreign affairs columnist at De Volkskrant) moderated the event.


Read a report of the meeting. A video report will follow shortly.


Panel discussion Netherlands Atlantic Youth: Radicalisation & Violent Extremism


On Thursday, 1 December Netherlands Atlantic Youth organized a panel discussion in The Hague entitled: "The Tipping Point: Radicalisation & Violent Extremism in a Broader Perspective"


Although radicalisation and violent extremism are not new phenomena – nor is terrorism, for that matter – they have acquired a place amongst the major challenges of our time. They have disruptive effects on societies across the world and have become interlinked with several other severe challenges the world faces, such as cyber security and climate change.


Previous meetings organized by Netherlands Atlantic Youth on this subject focused on the security and defense aspects that play a role in detecting radicalisation and preventing violent attacks. During this meeting, however, different questions were asked: What causes radicalisation and violent extremism? How does it affect our societies? How can it be prevented? What happens after detection? How effective are de-radicalisation programs? What role can young people like ourselves play in this process?


Read a report of the meeting.


Speakers: Marije Meines (RadarAdvies); Davin Bremner (People-R); Jordy Nijenhuis (Dare to Be Grey)
Moderator: Rabab Hammiche (Board Member, Netherlands Atlantic Youth)


Public Meeting: 'Disinformation as a Weapon in Hybrid Warfare'

On Wednesday, 12 October the Netherlands Atlantic Association organized a program in The Hague on Disinformation as a Weapon in Hybrid Warfare.


Disinformation is a subject matter that is seriously underrated in hybrid warfare. Only recently, the ‘West’ has become aware of its weak defences against disinformation from e.g. IS and Russia.


The three speakers in this program, who work for either NATO or the EU, discussed Russia’s use of information as a weapon to influence Western public opinion.



•  Mark Laity (Chief Strategic Communications, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers

   Europe, Mons, Belgium) (presentation)

•  Col. Aivar Jaeski (Deputy Director, NATO Stratcom Center of Excellence, Riga,

   Latvia) (presentation)

•  Jakub Kalensky (East StratCom Task Force Member, European External Action

   Service, Brussels) (presentation)

Moderator: Robert van de Roer (diplomatic expert)

Read a report of the meeting, or watch a video report.


Meeting Netherlands Atlantic Youth: Patrick Turner

On Thursday, 6 October, Netherlands Atlantic Youth organized part two of the series on “NATO from Wales to Warsaw: Implementation of the Readiness Action Plan”. This program dealt with 'Assurance'.


Speaker at this event at the Ministry of Defence, was NATO's Assistant Secretary General for Operations Patrick Turner.


On 4 July, we discussed the Adaptation aspects of the Readiness Action Plan with general Kees Matthijssen, focusing on how to strengthen the Alliance from a military point of view. This time more attention was paid to the political side of NATO, as strength comes not only from hard power, but also from unity and solidarity, as well as the ability to make highly political decisions swiftly.


Read a report of the meeting.


Speaker: Patrick Turner (NATO Assistant Secretary General for Operations)
Moderator: Karlijn Jans (Chair, Netherlands Atlantic Youth)
In cooperation with: Jong Defensie (Young Defence)


Atlantisch Perspectief 2016 No. 3

In this issue:


•  Special section: NATO’s Warsaw Summit

•  Column Niels Roelen: World leaders

•  EU Global Strategy: from design to implementation

•  The renationalization of foreign policy and international order

•  Special section: The South China Sea dispute


More information


>>> Meeting Netherlands Atlantic Youth: U.S. Presidential Elections


>>> Seminar: NATO Summit in Warsaw


>>> Meeting Netherlands Atlantic Youth: Europe and Russia


>>> Meeting Netherlands Atlantic Youth: South China Sea


>>> Lunch Meeting: Alexander Vershbow


>>> Public Meeting: Robert D. Kaplan


>>> Public Meeting: Walter Russell Mead


>>> Public Meeting Netherlands Atlantic Youth: The Dutch EU Presidency 2016


>>> Public Meeting: James Sherr


>>> Meeting Netherlands Atlantic Youth: Russia
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