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Public Meeting: Ian Brzezinski

On Monday, 4 December, the Netherlands Atlantic Association organizes a program on:


The Transatlantic Relationship and Donald Trump


A recent opinion poll, that was conducted at the request of the Netherlands Atlantic Association, showed that no less than 74% of the Dutch population thinks that Europe can no longer count on the unequivocal support of the US, now that President Trump is in power. How has Trump’s foreign policy influenced transatlantic relations so far, and what can we expect in the coming years?


Ian Brzezinski, who is a Resident Senior Fellow at the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security of the Atlantic Council of the United States will shed his light on this subject.


Please register below if you want to attend this meeting.



Monday, 4 December 2017


Ian Brzezinski (Atlantic Council of the United States)


Paul Brill (former foreign affairs columnist, De Volkskrant)


17.00-17.30 hrs.: Registration and coffee reception

17.30-19.00 hrs.: Introduction followed by interview and discussion

19.00-19.30 hrs.: Reception


Glazen Zaal, Prinsessegracht 26, The Hague



Lunch Meeting Netherlands Atlantic Youth: Andrew Gawthorpe

On Wednesday, 29 November Netherlands Atlantic Youth organizes a lunch lecture together with study association "ismus" in Nijmegen. Dr. Andrew Gawthorpe will give a lecture on


The US and China: the Potential for Future Conflict


In the past decades China has developed into a global economic powerhouse. Now the Chinese government seems to have ambitions to solidify their newfound status as a superpower with geopolitical ambitions, for example in the South China Sea. This to the displeasure of the other superpower in the region: the United States. Will this lead to conflict? And what would be the implications for existing alliances?


Dr. Andrew Gawthorpe, who is a Lecturer in Contemporary Military History and Security Studies at Leiden University and specializes in U.S. foreign policy in the Asia-Pacific region, will adress these questions during his lecture. More information can be found here.


Date: Wednesday, 29 November
Time: 12.30-13.45 hrs.
Location: Radboud University, Thomas van Aquinostraat 2.00.15, Nijmegen

No registration needed.

Symposium: NATO and (Counter)intelligence


On Monday, 27 November the department of History and Art History of Utrecht University and the Netherlands Atlantic Association co-host a symposium on the history of


‘NATO and (Counter)intelligence’


According to many, both in academia and in the policy world, NATO and intelligence is an oxymoron. To them the appointment of Arndt Freytag von Loringhoven as NATO’s first Assistant Secretary General for Intelligence and Security almost a year ago must have come as a surprise and should be a clear sign of the recognition of today’s relevance of intelligence to NATO’s alliance.


Please register below if you would like to attend the symposium.


Date: Monday, 27 November
Time: 14.00-17.00 hrs.

Eleni Braat (Utrecht University)

James Mader

Daniel Pronk

Joseph Gordon

Bob de Graaff (Utrecht University)

Moderator: Laurien Crump (Utrecht University)
Location: Sweelinckzaal, Drift 21, Utrecht
Programme Presentations Biographical information speakers


Atlantisch Perspectief 2017 No. 5

This issue contains three articles in English:


•  An Enhanced Forward Presence in the Baltics:

    Canada’s enduring commitment to transatlantic security

•  It’s time to move US Forces back to Europe

•  Machiavelli and minor states: power politics in the international



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Public Meeting: NATO's Nuclear Policy

On Monday, 23 October the Netherlands Atlantic Association organized a public meeting in the 'Koninklijke Schouwburg' in The Hague 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 of this seminar was 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.



Fred Frederickson (Head, NATO Nuclear Policy Directorate)

Elmar Hellendoorn (Belfer Center, Harvard Kennedy School)


Paul Brill (journalist)

A report of the meeting can be found here.

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)



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