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The office of the Netherlands Atlantic Association is closed on 25 and 26 May.


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.


A report of the meeting will be published here shortly. 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.

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.


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