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Public Meeting: NATO's Nuclear Policy


On Monday, 23 October the Netherlands Atlantic Association organizes a public meeting on:


NATO's Nuclear Policy
Continuity or Change?


After decades of ‘non-debate’ on the role of nuclear weapons, current developments in the world – amongst others the proliferation of nuclear weapons, hybrid warfare by Russia (including the nuclear component) and the nuclear threat from the Middle East – have stimulated the debate on the role of nuclear weapons in NATO’s strategy of deterrence.


Since the NATO Summit in Warsaw in 2016, new thinking on this subject has developed. One of the central questions – among many others – of this seminar is if NATO needs to change its policies regarding nuclear deterrence? And how to make sure that all Allies support the nuclear policies that have been agreed upon?


Please register below if you want to attend this program.



Monday, 23 October 2017


  • Fred Frederickson (Head, NATO Nuclear Policy Directorate)
  • Elmar Hellendoorn (Belfer Center, Harvard Kennedy School)


Paul Brill (journalist)


17.00-17.30 hrs.: Registration and coffee reception

17.30-19.00 hrs.: Introductions followed by discussion

19.00-19.30 hrs.: Reception


‘Paul Steenbergen Foyer’ ‘Koninklijke Schouwburg

Korte Voorhout 3, The Hague


Public Meeting: Jean-Pierre Lacroix













On Friday, 1 September the Netherlands Atlantic Association organized a discussion in Press Centre 'Nieuwspoort' with Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations of the United Nations, Mr. Jean-Pierre Lacroix. The topic of his introduction was: "What are today's challenges for UN peacekeeping? With a particular focus on the mission in Mali".


Mr. Lacroix discussed the efforts of the UN to improve the effectiveness of UN peacekeeping in complex and often dangerous circumstances, and where the political will of host countries to cooperate and to achieve peace and stability is not always guaranteed. He especially focused on MINUSMA in Mali, since this is currently one of the most important missions in which the Netherlands is participating with several hundred military, police and civilian personnel.



Jean-Pierre Lacroix (Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, UN)


Hester Somsen (Director of Security Policy, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs)


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


More information

Johan de Witt Conference

On 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 organized the Johan de Witt Conference 2017. The theme of this year’s conference was: 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 Russia’s actions and underlying objectives were interpreted, and the consequences for European navies were expolored.


A report of the conference will be published here shortly.




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


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. Watch General Middendorp's speech and the panel discussion.


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