Atlantisch Perspectief 2019 No. 2

In this edition:

 

• Special section: “The most successful alliance in history — NATO at 70”

• Column Dieuwertje Kuijpers: ‘Sustainably defeating’

• The West must leverage populism, not attack it

• The United States Parliamentary Contact Group

• Fighting the Red Threat in space. The United States Air Force’s quest for space superiority

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Special section: “The most successful alliance in history — NATO at 70”

On April 4, NATO celebrated its 70th anniversary. This special section looks into the alliance’s history, present, and future. What are the most pressing challenges, both from within and externally? What is NATO’s place among the other institutions of the Western world order? With contributions from Stan Sloan (Atlantic Council of the United States), Trine Flockhart (University of Southern Denmark), Roberta Haar (Maastricht University), and Laurien Crump (Utrecht University).

 

The West must leverage populism, not attack it

Populism is on the rise throughout the West. Why do Establishment movements always demanding more Europe fail year-after-year? Matt A. Mayer (Provisum Strategies) argues that the West should stick together. “By channeling today’s populism more productively, we can fix what stopped working for too many people and reinvigorate those ideas and elements that made America and the countries across Europe great.”

 

The United States Parliamentary Contact Group

In March, the Parliament of the Netherlands officially established the U.S. Parliamentary Contact Group. Founding Chairman of the Contact Group Martijn van Helvert (Dutch Member of Parliament, Christian Democratic Party) explains why this group is of great significance for the bilateral relationship between the Netherlands and the United States and how it makes sense in today’s changing world order.

 

Fighting the Red Threat in space. The United States Air Force’s quest for space superiority

This article is a summary of the winning master’s thesis of the Netherlands Atlantic Association’s Dwight D. Eisenhower Thesis Prize, 2017-2018. Thijs Visser (University of Amsterdam) focused his research master thesis on the start of the space age. After the Soviet Union launched Sputnik and demonstrated its space capabilities, it was up to the United States Air Force to find a way to protect America from this new threat. But how do you even fight in space? And how do you create a strategy for a battlespace that no human had ever visited?

 

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