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

Seventy years ago, on April 4th, 1949, NATO was established. To celebrate this fact, Netherlands Atlantic Youth organizes a birthday party. On the 11th, we discuss the past seven decades and the current state of Transatlantic relations. But first and foremost we will ask ourselves: what does the future hold for NATO? We will discuss these questions with professionals and experts in Transatlantic relations, but we are also curious to hear from YOU!

NATO has seen significant changes through the years. Being founded in the Cold War to deter the Soviet Union, the Alliance reinvented itself after the Berlin Wall came down. According to many, including the Dutch government, the organisation is still the cornerstone of Dutch security policy. However, at its 70th anniversary the Alliance is not exactly in a celebratory mood.

In 1957 the first Secretary General, Lord Ismay, famously stated that NATO exists “to keep the Russians out, the Americans in, and the Germans down.” Today, Russia actively meddles in Western democratic processes; some in the U.S. doubt NATO’s usefulness; and the idea of a European army and strategic autonomy is actively debated in Germany. Does Lord Ismay’s old adage still ring true in 2019? Come and discuss at NATO Night 2019!

Speakers at NATO Night include Minister of Defense Ank Bijleveld, Dutch Permanent Representative to NATO Marisa Gerards, Charlotte Brandsma (German Marshall Fund US), Naomi ter Haar (Ministry of Defence), and others. The evening will be presented by Sophie Derkzen.


Cost: € 5,-





Thursday, April 11th


19.00- 23.00 h.
19.00 – 19.30 h. Registration and info market
                           19.30 – 20.30 h. Program
                           20.30 – 20.45 h. short break

                           20.45  22.15 h. Program

                           22.15 – 23.30 h. Reception and info market


Ank Bijleveld (Minister of Defense), Marisa Gerards (Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to NATO), Charlotte Brandsma (German Marshall Fund of the United States), Naomi ter Haar (Ministry of Defence) among others.


Sophie Derkzen


TivoliVredenburg (Vredenburglaan 11, Utrecht)



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