In this issue:
• Section: NATO’s new spearhead force
• Column Niels Roelen: Vicious circle
• Finally grown-up? Germany’s changing role in the world
• Transatlantic relations: adjustment to change.
What is the state of the transatlantic relationship?
• ‘Design’ goes Dutch. Army considerations for unconventional
planning and sensemaking
• An element of stability. The British Strategic Defence and
Section: NATO’s new spearhead force
NATO’s new spearhead force, the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF), will become fully operational in 2016. What is to be expected from this force? How will it contribute to NATO’s deterrence posture and overall capabilities? Is the VJTF sufficient to counter Russian aggression and deter other potential adversaries? The four articles in this special section discuss these issues, and more. The authors include Marja Kwast-van Duursen (NL Advisory Council on International Affairs), Jens Ringsmose and Sten Rynning (both University of Southern Denmark), Tomas Ries (Swedish National Defence College), and Adam B. Lowther (School of Advanced Nuclear Deterrence Studies).
In his new column, Niels Roelen addresses the vicious circle of war against the backdrop of the Western struggle with modern terrorism.
Finally grown-up? Germany’s changing role in the world
Despite its political and economic weight, Germany plays a relatively minor role in international security affairs. Since the rise of ISIS changes are visible. Is Germany changing its posture in foreign affairs? How did this process unfold itself? Kristina Eichhorst (Konrad Adenauer Stiftung) analyzes the background and implications of Germany’s new role in international affairs.
Transatlantic relations: adjustment to change. What is the state of the transatlantic relationship?
Marten van Heuven (Atlantic Council of the United States) comments on the current interests, threats, structures and procedures of the transatlantic partners. He also addresses fundamental changes afoot that potentially may alter the basic relationship.
‘Design’ goes Dutch. Army considerations for unconventional planning and sensemaking
What is the ‘design movement’ within military thinking, and how did it affect Western militaries, the Dutch in particular? Ben Zweibelson (U.S. Army) discusses this theory.
An element of stability. The British Strategic Defence and Security Review
What are the results of the British Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) 2015? Which military branches are the ‘winners’? And how does the SDSR fit in the possibility of a British exit from the EU? Kees Homan (Clingendael Institute) sheds his light on the SDSR.