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Atlantisch Perspectief 2017 No. 3

In this issue:


•  Special Section: Trump’s Transatlantic Turbulence

•  Column Niels Roelen: Welcome to the china shop

•  Big plus small plus small. The future of European defense integration

•  The role of cyber diplomacy in Dutch security policy.

    Long term and short term responses to coercive cyber operations


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Johan de Witt Conference


On Thursday, 31 August, on the eve of the World Port Days in Rotterdam, the Netherlands Atlantic Association, the Pugno Pro Patria in Mare Foundation and the Alumni Association of the Royal Navy Institute (KIM) jointly organize the Johan de Witt Conference 2017. The theme of this year’s conference will be:


Russia’s Maritime Ambitions


The North Atlantic Treaty Organization has dominated the Atlantic waters for decades. However, in the last 10 years Allies have neglected the maritime domain, and Russia has seized this opportunity to expand its maritime force. This show of power is a direct threat to free world trade and maritime security in the waters around Europe.


During the Johan de Witt Conference 2017 we would like to interpret Russia’s actions, understand the underlying objectives and explore the consequences for European navies. Four eminent speakers have been invited talk about these subjects.


Below, you will find the link to register for this special conference.



Thursday, 31 August 2017



Julian Lindley-French (Vice President, Atlantic Treaty Association)


13.00-17.00 hrs.: Conference

17.00 hrs.: Reception on board of the Zr.Ms. Karel Doorman


LantarenVenster (Otto Reuchlinweg 996, Rotterdam)

Entrance fees:

€ 49 (regular) – € 35 (patrons of the Netherlands Atlantic Association if they register before 1 July) –- € 11 (students)



Public Meeting: NATO Summit

On Tuesday, 23 May, on the eve of the NATO Summit in Brussels, the Netherlands Atlantic Association and the Netherlands Institute of International Relations ‘Clingendael’ organised a debate in the Parkhotel in The Hague on 'NATO in the Trump Era'. In his first 100 days in office Trump has given contradictory signals about the importance of the Alliance. A constant factor in his statements, however, is the emphasis on the need for increased defense spending by many NATO member states.


Read a report of the meeting. You can watch a livestream video of the event on the Facebook page of the Clingendael Institute.




Dick Zandee (Senior Research Fellow, Clingendael Institute)


Anniversary Symposium Netherlands Atlantic Youth

This year Jonge Atlantici/YATA Netherlands celebrates its 10th anniversary. To commemorate this and to convey our mission, we organized a special programme on Thursday, 11 May in Press Centre 'Nieuwspoort' in The Hague. The title of the event was: "The Transatlantic Relationship in 2017 and Beyond: New Perspectives and Disruptive Ideas.”


The Dutch Chief of Defence General Tom Middendorp gave the keynote speech. Following, Dirk Jan van den Berg, Chairman of the Board of the Netherlands Atlantic Association made some remarks. The speeches were followed by a discussion with an expert panel that consisted of young professionals.


Moderator: Dieuwertje Kuijpers (Free University Amsterdam)
Location: Press Centre 'Nieuwspoort' (Lange Poten 10, The Hague

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

Public Meeting with Jan Swillens

On Monday, 3 April, the Netherlands Atlantic Association and the Royal Netherlands Society for Military Art and Science (KVBK) organized a program in Press Centre 'Nieuwspoort in The Hague with Brigadier General Jan Swillens, Commander of the 43 Mechanized Brigade of the Royal Netherlands Army. His introduction was entitled: “Together we stand, together we shield… therefore together we train. Some insights in the future of land warfare".


Watch a video report of the meeting.



Jan Swillens (Commander, 43 Mechanized Brigade, Royal Netherlands Army)

Moderator: Ton van Loon (Board Member, Netherlands Atlantic Association)

Public Meeting: Brexit and European Defence

On Tuesday, 21 March, the Netherlands Atlantic Association organized a program in Press Centre 'Nieuwspoort in The Hague on "Brexit and European Defence (at last): Will Brexit work and will a European Defence without Britain work?" Four speakers addressed these issues from different viewpoints (business/politics/defence and security/transatlantic).




Robert van de Roer (diplomatic expert)

Read a report or watch a video report of the seminar.


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