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Public Meeting: NATO's eFP in the Baltics: Canadian and Dutch Perspectives

On Wednesday 3 October the Netherlands Atlantic Association organizes a public meeting in the Koninklijke Schouwburg in The Hague themed:

 

Continuing Commitment to Transatlantic Security:
Canadian and Dutch perspectives on NATO’s eFP in the Baltics

 

NATO’s deterrence policies in the Baltics are exemplified by Canadian and Dutch military presence in the Baltic states. The enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) member countries signal a level of commitment that is military as well as political. During this meeting, we will take stock of where we stand right now after several rotations have taken place. What are the perspectives for the short and medium term?

 

Professor Christian Leuprecht teaches at the Royal Military College of Canada, and recently co-published a paper on Canada’s commitment to NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence in Latvia. Major Ruud Lenoir is deputy commander of NATO’s multinational eFP battlegroup in Lithuania. Sabine Nölke is the Canadian Ambassador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Lieutenant General (retired) Ton van Loon, an expert through experience on multinational military cooperation, will conduct Leuprecht and Lenoir in a discussion on respectively the Canadian and Dutch perspectives on NATO’s eFP contributions in the Baltic states. Ambassador Nölke will close the evening with some remarks.

 

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Date:

Wednesday October 3rd 2018

Time:

17.00- 19.30 h.
                            
17.00 – 17.30 h. Registration
                            17.30 – 18.50 h. Program
                           
18.50 – 19.00 h. Closing remarks  by Ambassador Nölke
                            19.00 – 19.30 h. Reception with drinks

Speakers:

Professor Christian Leuprecht (Royal Military College of Canada); Major Ruud Lenoir (Royal Netherlands Army); H.E. Sabine Nölke (Ambassador of Canada to the Kingdom of the Netherlands)

Moderator:

Lieutenant General (Retired) Ton van Loon (Netherlands Atlantic Association; Royal Netherlands Army)

Location:

Paul Steenbergen Foyer, Koninklijke Schouwburg, Korte Voorhout 3, The Hague

 

 

In Memoriam: Hannie van Leeuwen, oud-voorzitter Atlantische Commissie

 

In Memoriam
 
Woensdag 1 augustus jl. overleed het erelid en oud-voorzitter van de Atlantische Commissie, mevrouw Johanna (Hannie) van Leeuwen, lid van de Tweede Kamer van 1966-1978 en senator van 1995-2007. Zij was lid van de Anti-Revolutionaire Partij (ARP, die later in het CDA zou opgaan) en om meerdere redenen een bekende politica: scherpzinnig, energiek, gedreven en niet bang meningen te ventileren die afweken van de partijlijn. Om meerdere redenen was haar de geuzennaam ‘straaljager Hannie’ ten deel gevallen, door CPN-kamerlid Marcus Bakker toebedeeld vanwege haar snelle gang naar de interruptiemicrofoon én het feit dat zij toentertijd voor aanschaf was van de F-16 jachtvliegtuigen, net zo’n brandende kwestie toen als recent met de aanschaf van de F-35 (JSF).

Seminar: What Innovative Agenda for NATO’s Next Summit?

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On Monday June 25th YATA Netherlands and the Netherlands Atlantic Association will organize a seminar in Press Centre Nieuwspoort in The Hague themed:

 

What Innovative Agenda for NATO’s Next Summit?

 

In light of the coming NATO Summit in Brussels on 11 and 12 July 2018, Ambassador to NATO Marjanne de Kwaasteniet will join us to talk about the agenda of this summit and the Dutch view. Jamie Shea from NATO Headquarters will discuss the goals and objectives of the summit. Then, Kenneth Gardner and Roland Freudenstein will approach the summit from respectively an American and a European point of view. After the lunch break, John Hulsman, president of global political risk consulting firm John C. Hulsman Enterprises, will share his thoughts on the subject matter and the current political-strategic landscape. You can find a program of the seminar here. Read the report of the seminar.

 

Date:

Monday June 25th 2018

Time:

09.00 – 15.00 hrs

Speakers:

Ambassador Marjanne de Kwaasteniet (Dutch Ambassador to NATO), Jamie Shea (NATO Headquarters), Kenneth Gardner (American Embassy), Roland Freudenstein (Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies), John Hulsman (John C. Hulsman Enterprises)

Moderator:

Robert van de Roer (diplomatic expert)

Location:

Press Centre ‘Nieuwspoort’, Lange Poten 10, The Hague

 

Publieksbijeenkomst: De intensivering van de Frans-Duitse samenwerking en de gevolgen voor het Nederlandse Europabeleid

Op dinsdag 15 mei organiseert de Atlantische Commissie een bijeenkomst over:

 

De intensivering van de Frans-Duitse samenwerking en de gevolgen voor het Nederlandse Europabeleid

 

Zowel het optreden van Rusland in Europa als de grillige houding van de Amerikaanse President hebben voor onrust gezorgd in Parijs en Berlijn. Als reactie kondigden Merkel en Macron de noodzaak aan intensiever te zullen samenwerken: de EU moet ‘handelingsbekwamer’ worden, zo stellen zij.

 

De hoofdvraag is in welke richting deze plannen zich zullen bewegen. Zullen de plannen tot intensivering van de samenwerking leiden tot meer eenheid en een sterker Europa, of juist tot verdeeldheid ten gevolge van het systeem van kopgroepen? Hoe gaan deze plannen uitpakken op het terrein van veiligheidssamenwerking?

 

Hoogleraar Europese Studies Paul Scheffer zal een inleidend betoog houden, waarna hij met Pieter Feith (voormalig diplomaat in onder andere de Balkan) en Wim Boonstra (speciaal adviseur en econoom bij RaboResearch Global Economics & Markets en hoogleraar monetaire zaken) in debat gaat over deze thematiek, onder leiding van Robert van de Roer (diplomatiek expert).

 

Lees hier een verslag van de bijeenkomst. Binnenkort verschijnt er een videoverslag.

 

Datum:

Dinsdag 15 mei

Sprekers:

Moderator:

Robert van de Roer (diplomatiek expert)

Programma:

17.00-17.30: inloop met koffie en thee
17.30-19.00: inhoudelijk gedeelte
19.00-19.30: receptie

Locatie:

Nieuwspoort, Lange Poten 10, Den Haag

 

Public Meeting: NATO's Re-pivot to Europe?

On Monday April 23rd the Netherlands Atlantic Association organized a public meeting in Nieuwe of Littéraire Sociëteit de Witte in The Hague themed:

 

NATO’s Re-pivot to Europe?
Questions and Opportunities in a New Era

 

In 2009 the Obama Administration announced the so-called ‘pivot’ to the Asia-Pacific region. In response to emerging security challenges in Central Europe and Ukraine in particular, the United States has recently committed itself heavily and unconditionally to a series of training activities, troop exercises, and troop deployments in Europe.

 

During this meeting the latest developments and the consequences for the Dutch armed forces will be discussed. First, professor Hoffenaar will outline the historical context and scene setting. Then, Major General McGuire will talk about US Army Europe, after which Brigadier General Tak discusses the challenges, changes and opportunities for the Dutch military.

 

Read a report of the meeting here. A video report will be published shortly.

 

Date:

Monday April 23rd 2018

Time:

19.00-21.30 hrs.

  • 19.00-19.30: registration with coffee/tea
  • 19.30-21.00: Programme
  • 21.00-21.30 reception in honor of Major General McGuire

Speakers:

Professor dr. Jan Hoffenaar (Utrecht University; Nederlands Instituut voor Militaire Historie), Major General Timothy McGuire (Deputy Commanding General, US Army Europe), Brigadier General Nico Tak (Director Training and Operations, Royal Netherlands Army)

Moderator:

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Location:

Sociëteit de Witte, Plein 24, The Hague

 

Public Meeting: Dutch-German Integration

On Monday, March 19th the Netherlands Atlantic Association and the Royal Netherlands Society for Military Art and Science (KVBK) organized a program with generals Markus Laubenthal and Jan Swillens and regarding:

 

 

“The Integration of Dutch-German Land Forces: an Example for Closer European Defence Cooperation?”

 

The Dutch-German military cooperation started with the founding of the bi-national headquarters in Münster in 1995. In the following years, this cooperation continued and developed. This resulted into the detachment of the 43 Mechanized Brigade to the 1st Panzerdivision, while a German battalion, including a Dutch tank company, is under the command of the 43 Mechanized Brigade. Such military integration brings about questions regarding the political decision making process concerning the deployment and the military effectiveness of these kind of divisions.

Generals Laubenthal and Swillens talked about their view on these questions, followed by a panel discussion with several members of the Dutch House of Respresentatives.

 

Date:

Monday, March 19th, 2018

Speakers:

  • Major General Markus Laubenthal (Commander, 1st Panzerdivision, Bundeswehr)
  • Brigadier General Jan Swillens (Commander, 43 Mechanized Brigade, Royal Netherlands Army)
  • André Bosman (Member of Parliament, VVD)
  • Herman Schaper (Member of Parliament, Eerste Kamer, D66)
  • Isabelle Diks (Member of Parliament, GroenLinks)

Moderator:

Angelien Eijsink (Board Member, Netherlands Atlantic Association)

Program:

16.30-17.00 hrs.:              Registration and coffee reception

17.00-19.00 hrs.:              Introduction followed by panel discussion

19.00-19.30 hrs.:              Reception

Location:

Press Centre ‘Nieuwspoort’, Lange Poten 10, The Hague

 

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