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Public Meeting: Dutch-German Integration

On Monday, March 19th the Netherlands Atlantic Association and the Royal Netherlands Society for Military Art and Science (KVBK) organized a program with generals Markus Laubenthal and Jan Swillens and regarding:



“The Integration of Dutch-German Land Forces: an Example for Closer European Defence Cooperation?”


The Dutch-German military cooperation started with the founding of the bi-national headquarters in Muenster in 1995. In the following years, this cooperation continued and developed. This resulted into the detachment of the 43 Mechanized Brigade to the 1st Panzerdivision, while a German battalion, including a Dutch tank company, is under the command of the 43 Mechanized Brigade. Such military integration brings about questions regarding the political decision making process concerning the deployment and the military effectiveness of these kind of divisions.

Generals Laubenthal and Swillens will talked about their view on these questions, followed by a panel discussion with several members of the Dutch House of Respresentatives.



Monday, March 19th, 2018


  • Major General Markus Laubenthal (Commander, 1st Panzerdivision, Bundeswehr)
  • Brigadier General Jan Swillens (Commander, 43 Mechanized Brigade, Royal Netherlands Army)
  • André Bosman (Member of Parliament, VVD)
  • Salima Belhaj (Member of Parliament, D66, invited)


Angelien Eijsink (Board Member, Netherlands Atlantic Association)


16.30-17.00 hrs.:              Registration and coffee reception

17.00-19.00 hrs.:              Introduction followed by panel discussion

19.00-19.30 hrs.:              Reception


Press Centre ‘Nieuwspoort’, Lange Poten 10, The Hague


Public Meeting: Matt Mayer

On Monday 19 February the Netherlands Atlantic Association and the Netherlands Atlantic Youth organized a public meeting in debate centre “De Balie” in Amsterdam themed:


Donald Trump and Foreign Policy: Has Donald Trump Exceeded Expectations?


The day before the inauguration of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States, the Netherlands Atlantic Association hosted a meeting with Matt A. Mayer, President of Ohio Opportunity, where he stated: “Donald Trump enters office with lots of experience, but with very low expectations, which is probably exactly where he wants to be.”


One year on, Mayer returned to the Netherlands to assess President Trumps first year in office. Did he indeed exceed expectations in the foreign policy domain? This event was moderated by Rick Nieman.



Matt A. Mayer (Ohio Opportunity)


Rick Nieman (Journalist, WNL op Zondag, Haagsche Lobby)


Monday 19 February, 19.00-21.00 h.


De Balie, Kleine Gartmanplantsoen 10, Amsterdam


Atlantisch Perspectief 2017 No. 6

This issue contains a number of articles in English:


•  Special Section: NATO and counterintelligence

•  NATO and the transatlantic relationship

•  Fifty years of nuclear planning. How it started


More information



Public Meeting: Ian Brzezinski

On Monday, 4 December, the Netherlands Atlantic Association organized a program in The Hague 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 shed his light on this subject.


A report of the meeting can be found here. A video report will follow shortly.



Ian Brzezinski (Atlantic Council of the United States)


Paul Brill (former foreign affairs columnist, De Volkskrant)


Lunch Meeting Netherlands Atlantic Youth: Andrew Gawthorpe

On Wednesday, 29 November Netherlands Atlantic Youth organized a lunch lecture together with study association "ismus" in Nijmegen. Dr. Andrew Gawthorpe gave 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, adressed these questions during his lecture.


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

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-hosted a symposium in Utrecht 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.


A report of the symposium can be found here.



Eleni Braat (Utrecht University)

James Mader

Daniel Pronk

Joseph Gordon

Bob de Graaff (Utrecht University)

Moderator: Laurien Crump (Utrecht University)
Programme Presentations Biographical information speakers



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