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Film & Debate: NATO in Afghanistan


On Monday, December 9th the Netherlands Atlantic Youth and Atlantic Forum organize a film screening and debate in Theater LUX in Nijmegen themed:



NATO in Afghanistan

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





















The September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States would lead to the first Article 5 invocation in NATO history and its longest out of area mission: Afghanistan. October 7, 2019 marks the 19th anniversary of Operation Enduring Freedom.


The movie 12 Strong (Fuglsig, 2018) captures the first days of Operation Enduring Freedom by telling the story of the first Special Forces team deployed to Afghanistan after 9/11, where the team must work with an Afghan warlord to take down the Taliban. By December 2001 they succeeded in winning the war against the Taliban, but winning the peace had just started. Following the Bonn Agreement, on basis of UNSC resolution 1386, NATO took charge of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).


Eighteen years on we now have a first generation of voters who have known nothing else than that there is war in Afghanistan. What has transpired in those 18 years? What was the Netherlands role in it? How did NATO work with Warlords? And what will happen if a peace deal is agreed between the US and the Taliban? Following the screening an expert panel will delve into these questions and more.



Our panel consists of Romain Malejacq (CICAM, Radboud University), Jaap Verheul (University of Utrecht, Prof. by special appointment Trans-Atlantic Relations Radboud University) and Andrew Dornstadter (U.S. Embassy the Hague).





Monday, December 9th


7.00 - 10.00 PM                 

Ticket price:



Theater LUX, Mariënburg 38-39, Nijmegen


The Future of Warfare: AI and Autonomous Weapons

On Wednesday, November 27th the Netherlands Atlantic Youth and study association L.S.A. Custodia organize 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 will look into the deployment of AI in warfare, focusing specifically on autonomous weapon systems. We will explore 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) will provide us with an introduction to AI and the concept of autonomous weapons. This introduction will be followed by a panel discussion that includes members from research institute TNO and peace organization PAX. They will share their perspectives on the case of autonomous weapons.






Wednesday, November 27th


5.15 - 7.30 PM


Amit Arkhipov-Goyal (HCSS), Leon Kester (TNO),  Maaike Benes (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

On Wednesday, November 20th the Netherlands Atlantic Youth and study association Metis organize 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 will debate 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)






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


Foto: Wikimedia Commons


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

Na eerdere geslaagde edities organiseert Jonge Atlantici op maandag 16 september ook dit jaar weer:


Studiereis: NAVO-hoofdkwartier


“Dit jaar is een feestelijk jaar. We vieren 75 jaar vrijheid in Nederland… een mensenleven zonder oorlog. Ook vieren wij de hoeksteen van onze vrijheid: de NAVO. Landen van beide kanten van de Atlantische Oceaan die elkaar de hand reiken, met de belofte elkaar de beschermen.” Dit zei Minister van Defensie Ank Bijleveld afgelopen april op NATO Night.


Een bijzonder jaar voor de NAVO dus – en daarom ook een uitstekend jaar om een bezoek te brengen aan het hoofdkwartier! Op maandag 16 september krijg je hier de kans voor. We vertrekken vanaf de busopstapplaats bij Rotterdam Centraal om 7.30 uur richting Brussel voor een leuk en informatief dagprogramma. Naar verwachting zijn we rond 19 uur weer terug in Rotterdam. De kosten bedragen € 30, maar student-begunstigers betalen slechts € 15.


Kom dus met ons mee en breng in dit feestelijke jaar een bezoek aan dit bijzondere instituut dat al zeventig jaar in staat voor onze veiligheid.





Maandag 16 september, 7.30-18.00 uur


Busstation Rotterdam CS, Conradstraat, Rotterdam


Voor student-begunstigers: € 15,-

Overige geïnteresseerden: € 30,-


  • Bezoek NAVO-hoofdkwartier
  • Lunch
  • Vervoer Rotterdam-Brussel
  • T.b.c.

foto: NAVO

De Jonge Atlantici BIG STRATEGY BBQ


Op 7 september 2019 organiseert Jonge Atlantici speciaal voor onze student-begunstigers de BIG STRATEGY BBQ! Na eerder succes zullen we ook dit jaar ons seizoen weer beginnen met een actief dagprogramma zodat onze student-begunstigers elkaar kunnen ontmoeten.


Gedurende het eerste deel van de dag gaan we een traditionele wargame simulatie doen, waarbij we onze innerlijke generaal kunnen doen ontwaken. Door middel van een fictief maar actueel scenario zullen we in groepsverband aan de slag gaan met diplomatie en strategie alvorens de dag te besluiten met een informele BBQ. Een actieve maar vooral ook gezellige bijeenkomst om het nieuwe JA-seizoen af te trappen! Student-begunstigers nemen voor slechts € 10 ,- deel aan deze bijeenkomst. Nog geen student-begunstiger? Aanmelden kan hier!


Let op: plekken zijn beperkt.




Datum Zaterdag 7 september
Tijd 13.00-20.00 uur
Locatie Kantoor Atlantische Commissie, Emmapark 12, Den Haag
Kosten € 10,- voor studentbegunstigers

Registratie verplicht.



13.00-13.30: Welkom en inloop

13.30-17.00: Wargame simulatie

17.00-20.00: BBQ!


Foto: Wikimedia Commons


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