Every year the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs hires about twenty new diplomats. For three months the Clingendael Institute in The Hague prepares them for their first job at the ministry. Colleagues from other ministries also partake in the course. Together they are ‘het klasje’ (‘the class’). On the 1st of April their course was kicked off by swearing in these new civil servants.
The issue of 'sovereignty' in defence cooperation has often been understood as that of a show-stopper, throwing up boundaries for further cooperation. Margriet Drent argues that by disentangling the sovereignty debate and by providing alternative sources of legitimacy via parliaments this boundary can be overcome.
It is time for a truly ‘European’ debate for the upcoming European Parliamentary elections. One vote: many voices and real choices. What kind of Europe do the European political groups envisage and support: Social Europe, Green Europe, Open Europe or Europe light?
Clingendael's Academy Director, Mr. Ron Ton, delivered several seminars at the Centre of Education and Training (CET) in Jakarta in the week of the 24th of March 2014. The CET is part of the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Kemlu) and a strategic partner of the Clingendael Academy.
On 24-25 March 2014 the 3rd Nuclear Security Summit took place in the Hague. After Washington and Seoul, it is the one but last Summit on Nuclear Security attended to by Heads of State and Government. This Masterclass will give you all the ins and outs regarding the NSS.
Diplomats from Bangladesh and Pakistan met with representatives of Dutch businesses at the Clingendael Institute. During the event, the diplomats knew how to promote their countries to the Dutch businesses with slogans such as “Vibrant Bangladesh” and “ Rediscover Pakistan”.