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Podcast De Atlantische Blik

Wil je op de hoogte blijven van de achtergrond van geopolitiek nieuws? Luister mee met host Hugo van der Heijden die samen met jonge experts een Atlantische blik werpt op de actuele internationale veiligheidsvraagstukken. Van Nord Stream 2 en de Amerikaanse presidentsverkiezingen tot Rutte’s visie op het Nederlandse buitenlandbeleid.






3. Meer miljardairs dan zwarte kandidaten

In de Verenigde Staten zijn de campagnes voor de voorverkiezingen van de Democratische Partij in volle gang. Met welke kandidaat willen de Democraten het Witte Huis heroveren op 3 november 2020? Host Hugo van der Heijden bespreekt met Christine Mertens het veld en de grootste Democratische kanshebbers.

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2. Mooie woorden, mooie daden?

Op 3 oktober sprak premier Rutte de Atlantische Commissie toe. In een toespraak vol visie, Rutte doorgaans ongewoon, verklaarde hij de liefde opnieuw aan de VS. Schone schijn, of zijn er ook daadwerkelijk veranderingen? Jong expert Lennart Freud analyseert het in gesprek met onze host Hugo van der Heijden.

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1. Gasdruk

Nord Stream 2; Hebben Europese leiders zich verkeken op dit "Trojaanse paard" van Poetin? Onze host, Hugo van der Heijden, schijnt met jong expert Tom Schoen licht op de zaak in deze eerste aflevering van De Atlantische Blik.


Foto; Flickr/Jason Woodhead

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Jonge Atlantici bij EenVandaag

Is de NAVO uitgespeeld? Dit vroeg EenVandaag aan Jonge Atlantici tijdens onze bijeenkomst van 27 november. Onze voorzitter Hugo Triesscheijn denkt dat het militaire bondgenootschap nog zeker een belangrijke rol blijft spelen. Maar, stelt hij, "de NAVO moet wel goed nadenken om zich voor te bereiden op de toekomst.” Benieuwd? Bekijk de uitzending over het 70-jarig bestaan van de alliantie met Jonge Atlantici terug via NPO start.


CANCELLED: Film & Debate: NATO in Afghanistan

NATO in Afghanistan

Screening film 12 Strong and debate on 18 Years NATO in Afghanistan




















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The Future of Warfare: AI and Autonomous Weapons

On Wednesday, November 27th the Netherlands Atlantic Youth and study association L.S.A. Custodia organized a public meeting themed:


The Future of Warfare: AI and Autonomous Weapons



In recent years, ‘artificial intelligence’ (AI) has been rapidly developing in multiple fields, including the military. What could this mean for the future of warfare?


Many experts argue that the growing importance of AI in warfare has even led to an arms race between the United States and China. These two powers, as well as Russia, recognize the importance of AI and focus increasingly on its development. However, there is also opposition, especially from NGO’s and scientists, who warn against the threat of fully autonomous weapons that can make decisions on life and death without human control (sometimes referred to as ‘killer robots’).


















During our event on November 27th we discussed the deployment of AI in warfare, focusing specifically on autonomous weapon systems. We explored current and (possible) future developments in this field, the implications of these developments for warfare, as well as some different perspectives on these weapon systems.


Amit Arkhipov-Goyal, analyst at the Hague Center for Strategic Studies (HCSS) provided us with an introduction to AI and the concept of autonomous weapons. This introduction was followed by a panel discussion that included members from research institute TNO and peace organization PAX. They shared their perspectives on the case of autonomous weapons.


Read the full report here



Wednesday, November 27th


5.15 - 7.15 PM


Amit Arkhipov-Goyal (HCSS), Leon Kester (TNO),  Maaike Beenes (PAX), Berenice Boutin (Asser Instituut)


Leiden University Campus Wijnhaven, room 3.60, Turfmarkt 99, 2515 DC The Hague

Foto: U.S. Army

NATO and the Future of European Security

Wednesday, November 20th the Netherlands Atlantic Youth and study association Metis organized a public meeting themed:


NATO and the Future of European Security


The debate about the future of European security has been radically transformed. We do no longer live in a world in which we can enjoy our ‘peace dividend’ – with the rise of China and the renewed assertiveness of Russia our continent faces fundamental challenges. Meanwhile, the internal makeup of the West has also undergone changes and with the rise of nationalism everywhere, the future of multilateralism looks uncertain. 

While many Europeans argue for an increase in security cooperation, a debate has developed around the question which form such cooperation should take. Should we work closely together with the United States and other NATO allies? Or is it time for the EU to become more of an independent military force?






















On November 20th, we debated the following statement:

Be it resolved, the EU, not NATO, should lead the way in European Security.


Speakers at the debate include Salima Belhaj (D66), Toine Beukering (Forum voor Democratie) and René Cuperus (The Clingendael Institute).


Read the full report here.





Wednesday, November 20th


5.30 - 7.30 PM


Salima Belhaj (D66), Toine Beukering (Forum voor Democratie), Marianne van Leeuwen (University of Amsterdam), René Cuperus (The Clingendael Institute)


Dieuwertje Kuijpers (Follow the Money)
Location: Filmcafé Utrecht, CAB-Rondom 90A, 3534 BE Utrecht


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Climate and Security in the Sahel region

On Thursday, November 14th the Netherlands Atlantic Youth and study association BASIS organized a program themed:


Climate and Security in the Sahel region


Draught, degradation and severe floods:  climate change is increasingly becoming a security issue.

The recent instabilities in the Sahel region, such as the uprisings in Mali and Nigeria and the civil war in Sudan, indicate a connection between climate change and security. The UN Special Adviser of the Secretary-General for the Sahel, Ibrahim Thiaw, described the Sahel as "arguably one of the most vulnerable [regions] to climate change."


















On November 14th, we focused on the Sahel, a region that spreads from East to West in Africa and divides the continent between the desert in the North and its tropical grounds in the South. We not only discussed the security implications of climate change for the Sahel, but also the implications for its surrounding regions such as North-Africa and the Mediterranean.


The former Chief of Defence of the Netherlands, General Tom Middendorp was our keynote speaker. As the ‘green general of the Netherlands’ he shared his views on the topic and experiences with climate security.


Our other speaker was Liesbeth van der Heide, a researcher and lecturer at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA) at Leiden University. She also works as a Senior Research Fellow at the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism (ICCT) where she coordinates ICCT's activities in the field of (counter-) terrorism in prison. Her main field of interest is stability in the Sahel, primarily Mali.


Read the full report here.




Thursday, November 14th


17.00- 19.00 h.


Tom Middendorp (Former Chief of Defence of the Netherlands, HCSS)

Liesbeth van der Heide (Researcher & Lecturer Leiden University)

Akinyinka Akinyoade (Researcher Leiden University)


Leiden University Campus Wijnhaven, room 2.02, Turfmarkt 99, 2515 DC The Hague




>>> Studiebezoek: NAVO-hoofdkwartier


>>> De Jonge Atlantici BIG STRATEGY BBQ


>>> Public Meeting: China, the West and the Rest


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>>> Energy and Geopolitics: Nord Stream II


>>> NATO Night 2019: What Does the Future Hold For NATO?


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>>> Public Meeting: Marching Through Europe


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