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Seminar: What Innovative Agenda for NATO’s Next Summit?


On Monday June 25th YATA Netherlands and the Netherlands Atlantic Association will organize a seminar in Press Centre Nieuwspoort in The Hague themed:


What Innovative Agenda for NATO’s Next Summit?


In light of the coming NATO Summit in Brussels on 11 and 12 July 2018, Ambassador to NATO Marjanne de Kwaasteniet will join us to talk about the agenda of this summit and the Dutch view. Jamie Shea from NATO Headquarters will discuss the goals and objectives of the summit. Then, Kenneth Gardner and Roland Freudenstein will approach the summit from respectively an American and a European point of view. After the lunch break, John Hulsman, president of global political risk consulting firm John C. Hulsman Enterprises, will share his thoughts on the subject matter and the current political-strategic landscape. You can find a program of the seminar here.





Monday June 25th 2018


09.00 – 15.00 hrs


Ambassador Marjanne de Kwaasteniet (Dutch Ambassador to NATO), Jamie Shea (NATO Headquarters), Kenneth Gardner (American Embassy), Roland Freudenstein (Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies), John Hulsman (John C. Hulsman Enterprises)


Robert van de Roer (diplomatic expert)


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


Public Meeting: NATO's Re-pivot to Europe?

On Monday April 23rd the Netherlands Atlantic Association will organize a public meeting in Nieuwe of Littéraire Sociëteit de Witte in The Hague themed:


NATO’s Re-pivot to Europe?
Questions and Opportunities in a New Era


In 2009 the Obama Administration announced the so-called ‘pivot’ to the Asia-Pacific region. In response to emerging security challenges in Central Europe and Ukraine in particular, the United States has recently committed itself heavily and unconditionally to a series of training activities, troop exercises, and troop deployments in Europe.


During this meeting the latest developments and the consequences for the Dutch armed forces will be discussed. First, professor Hoffenaar will outline the historical context and scene setting. Then, Major General McGuire will talk about US Army Europe, after which Brigadier General Tak discusses the challenges, changes and opportunities for the Dutch military.



Monday April 23rd 2018


19.00-21.30 hrs.

  • 19.00-19.30: registration with coffee/tea
  • 19.30-21.00: Programme
  • 21.00-21.30 reception in honor of Major General McGuire


Professor dr. Jan Hoffenaar (Utrecht University; Nederlands Instituut voor Militaire Historie), Major General Timothy McGuire (Deputy Commanding General, US Army Europe), Brigadier General Nico Tak (Director Training and Operations, Royal Netherlands Army)




Sociëteit de Witte, Plein 24, The Hague

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


>>> Symposium: NATO and (Counter)intelligence


>>> Atlantisch Perspectief 2017 No. 5


>>> Public Meeting: NATO's Nuclear Policy


>>> Public Meeting: Jean-Pierre Lacroix


>>> Atlantisch Perspectief 2017 No. 3


>>> Johan de Witt Conference


>>> Public Meeting: NATO Summit


>>> Anniversary Symposium Netherlands Atlantic Youth


>>> Public Meeting with Jan Swillens
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