Below you will find an overview of recent and not so recent English language publications of the Netherlands Atlantic Association.


Russia, our Distant Neighbour. The Burden of Conventional Beliefs


Since the demise of the Cold War more than twenty years – half of the duration of this global standoff – have elapsed. Yet the West and Russia still have difficulty in coming to terms with each other, despite on-going calls for partnership and cooperation. How should we account for this difficulty, and for the persistent misunderstandings that mar our dialogue with Moscow? Is divergence of opinion a permanent feature of this relationship, or do we suffer from preconceived notions stemming from past acrimonies?


Russia, our Distant Neighbour is not intended to serve as an apologia for Russian behaviour. Rather, it is a plea to turn Russia into an object of renewed curiosity, and to judge the country on its own merits. Whatever happens, Russia will be of economic and political importance for the foreseeable future, and a better understanding of its concerns may enable the West, and Europe in particular, to tap the potential of strategic alliance in the face of mounting world disorder.


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Author: Hugo Klijn

Pages: 132

Year of publication: 2011

ISBN: 978-90-73329-00-3

Price: € 15.00 (patrons € 10.00)


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NATO’s New Strategic Concept. Moving beyond the Status Quo?


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At the NATO Summit in Straatsburg/Kehl in April 2009 , the Heads of State and Government tasked the Secretary-General to develop a new NATO strategic concept. This major political-strategic document should form the future basis of the Alliance.


In May 2009 the Netherlands Atlantic Association, supported by the Atlantic Treaty Association, organised a two-day international conference in The Hague, during which high-level speakers and panelists discussed what a new strategic concept should – and should not – include.



This book contains the edited proceedings of the conference, including discussions with the audience.


Authors: Anton Bebler, Ko Colijn, Julian Lindley-French, Fabrizio Luciolli, Simon Lunn, Henning Riecke, Sten Rynning, Herman Schaper, Stanley Sloan, David Yost and Przemyslaw Zurawski

Pages: 126
Year of publication: 2009
ISBN: 978-90-73329-20-1
Price: € 7.50 (patrons € 5.00)


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(Dis)Organising European Security. The Iraq Controversy and Patterns in US-European Relations


Why do the US, the UK, France and Germany have such divergent views on European security? The author Arnout Molenaar takes the Iraq crisis of 2002 and 2003 as a starting point for his study. During that crisis the differences between the four countries surfaced most clearly. However, he also delves into the historical motives and patterns that underlie both the crisis and the divergent approaches to security. The transatlantic damage that resulted from the Iraq crisis has largely been repaired, but some important questions remain:



  • What are the limits, benefits and liabilities of the United States’ preponderance in world affairs?
  • How to European powers aim to influence US decision-making?
  • How does the overwhelming power of the US influence the Atlantic Alliance?
  • How can Atlantic cooperation and European integration be reconciled?

All these questions are addressed in this well-documented, and very readable account.


Author: Arnout Molenaar

Pages: 260

Year of publication: 2007

ISBN: 978-90-73329-17-1

Price: € 10.00 (patrons € 5.00)


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German and American Reorientation Toward NATO


Reorientation.jpg German and American Reorientation Toward NATO of a conference that the Netherlands Atlantic Association organised in November 2005 with cooperation from the Institute for German Studies (DIA) in Amsterdam. A group of 35 experts from Europe and the United States discussed, among other things, the future roles of NATO and the EU, the changing roles of the United States and Germany in transatlantic relations, the development of the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy and its consequences for NATO, and, finally, the role that the EU and NATO (can) play in combating terrorism.




Authors: Hans Binnendijk, Ulrike Guérot, Alexander Moens, Marieke Monroy-Winter, John van Oudenaeren, Sebastian Reyn, Henning Riecke, Michael Rühle, Julianne Smith and Doron Zimmermann

Pages: 80

Year of publication: 2006

ISBN: 90-73329-16-7

Price: free


Allies or Aliens? George W. Bush and the Transatlantic Crisis in Historical Perspective


Reyn.jpgIn Allies or Aliens? Sebastian Reyn analyses both the transatlantic crisis that was caused by the Iraq crisis and the controversial policies of the Bush administration from a historical perspective. Are Americans and Europeans still allies – or have they become too alienated from each other in order to behave as such?


Reyn looks for clarification in philosophical tenets first developed by Thomas Hobbes and John Locke. He retraces America’s foreign policy traditions to the eighteenth-century political rivalry between Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson. He finds a deep-seated ambivalence towards Europe in the work of successive generations of American writers. He casts a new light on the emergence of the ‘Atlantic Community’ during the early stages of the Cold War as well as on its gradual dissipation in the 1960s and 1970s. Finally he dissects the conservative anatomy of the George W. Bush administration and its unsympathetic view of Europe.


Author: Sebastian Reyn

Pages: 240

Year of publication: 2004, 2nd edition 2007

ISBN: 90-73329-15-9

Price: € 10.00 (patrons € 5.00)


Transatlantic Relations at a Crossroads: Current Challenges in US-European Relations


Crossroads.jpgTransatlantic Relations at a Crossroads contains contributions to a conference on current challenges in US-European relations, organised by the Netherlands Atlantic Association and the Institute for German Studies (DIA) in Amsterdam in June 2003. Special emphasis was put on the (future) role of Germany.









Authors: Maarten Brands, Anne-Marie Le Gloannec, Helga Haftendorn, John Kornblum, Margarita Mathiopoulos, Ton Nijhuis, Guillaume Parmentier, Michael Rühle, Roy Stafford, Heinrich Vogel and David Yost.

Pages: 104

Year of publication: 2003

ISBN: 90-73329-14-0



NATO after Kosovo (2000)


NATO after Kosovo.jpgNATO after Kosovo is a joint publication of the Netherlands Atlantic Association, the Netherlands Institute of International Relations ‘Clingendael’ and the Royal Military Academy and was published in 2000. In this book nine Dutch and foreign experts reflect on various aspects of NATO’s transformation process since the end of the Cold War.


Rob de Wijk focuses on the key question of what NATO is after the changes in the organisation’s goals at the end of the Cold War. David Yost reflects on NATO’s transformation process from a collective defence organisation into a collective security institution. Nadia Arbatova’s contribution deals with the delicate relationship between NATO and Russia and Charles Perry addresses, together with a number of co-authors, the issues of burden-sharing and the costs of NATO enlargement. In their contributions Jan Folmer and Carel Hilderink focus on the military, strategic and operational aspects of the transformation process. Rob Zaagman and Dick Leurdijk analyse the relationship between NATO and two other important international security institutions: the OSCE and the UN respectively. In the last chapter Fred van Staden focuses on the changing nature of the transatlantic relationship since the end of the Cold War.


Editors: Bram Boxhoorn, Niklaas Hoekstra and Rob de Wijk

Authors: Various

Pages: 154

Year of publication: 2000

ISBN: 90-361-9770-8



The United Nations and NATO in Former Yugoslavia, 1991-1996. Limits to Diplomacy and Force


Leurdijk.jpgThe United Nations and NATO in Former Yugoslavia, 1991-1996. Limits to Diplomacy and Force is written by UN expert Dick Leurdijk and was published in 1997. The book is the follow-up of the successful publication The United Nations and NATO; Partners in International Cooperation from 1994 from the same author. In this new book, Leurdijk describes, among other things, the development of the safe-area concept, operation ‘Deliberate Force’ and the Dayton agreement and its implementation. He also pays attention to international decision-making processes and local developments. The book also contains a chapter devoted to concepts such as peacekeeping, peacebuilding and peace-enforcement.


Author: Dick A. Leurdijk

Pages: 152

Year of publication: 1997

ISBN: 90-73329-07-8



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