Public Meeting: 70 Years Marshall Plan



70 years ago, on April 26th 1948, the ship "Noordam" arrived in Rotterdam carrying the first goods under the Marshall Aid Program. Is the trans-Atlantic relationship still as strong as it was 70 years ago? What lessons can we learn from the Marshall Plan in how we face current threats and challenges? On Tuesday 24 April the Netherlands Atlantic Youth organizes a public meeting themed:


The Marshall Plan and Its Role in Winning Hearts and Minds

Lessons for the 21st Century


During the Cold War the world split into two opposing spheres of influence, most notably in Europe. The Marshall Plan helped shore up Europe’s economy, and created political stability. With the help of U.S. aid Western European markets recovered and the trans-Atlantic Alliance was strengthened, proving resilient against the Soviet threat.

Dr. Karen Donfried, President of the German Marshall Fund of the United States, will address these questions, after which she is joined by prof. dr. Frank Mehring (Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen) and dr. Ruud van Dijk (University of Amsterdam). During a panel session they will discuss different aspects of the Marshall Plan and it's lessons for the 21st century. This event will take place in the University of Amsterdam building the Agnietenkapel.


Read a report of the meeting here, a video will be published shortly.


  • Dr. Karen Donfried (German Marshall Fund of the United States)
  • Prof. dr. Frank Mehring (Radboud University Nijmegen)
  • Dr. Ruud van Dijk (University of Amsterdam
Moderator John Jacobs (Netherlands Atlantic Youth)
When Tuesday 24 April, 19.00-21.30
Speakers De Agnietenkapel, Oudezijds Voorburgwal 231, Amsterdam

This event is made possible with funds from the United States Embassy to the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

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