The manner in which Dutch Defence policy comes about should be changed. Accumulating budget cuts and a mismatch between ambitions and means make the Dutch defence organisation ache for a long term perspective. A variant of a Multi-Annual Defence Agreement might offer a solution.
The United Nations General Assembly Special Session on the world drug problem (April 2016) did not produce the structural changes some were hoping for. It confirms that the debate is still too politicized, with too many actors and agendas working at cross-purposes.
Development is a highly complex process of social change at multiple, interrelated, levels and dimensions that may unexpectedly regress or progress in function of either accumulated change or windows of opportunity that suddenly arise. There is no area for which this is truer than the organization and delivery of security and justice in fragile societies.
What are the difficulties of prosecuting foreign terorrist fighters, and is there a role for the military in assisting prosecutors in collecting evidence and arresting suspects in countries of destination?
A stronger Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) is indispensable for a secure Europe and necessary to underpin the EU’s role as a security provider. However, without credible armed forces the EU will remain a paper tiger. A CSDP White Book has to translate the Global Strategy into CSDP ambition levels, military objectives and capability needs.
If the British leave the EU after their referendum on 23 June, it will no longer be business as usual. EU leaders have signalled that if European integration is rejected, the British cannot count on continued smooth economic cooperation with the EU.
Each year on May 5th, in Wageningen the Dutch commemorate the end of World War II. Ko Colijn, general director of the Clingendael Institute, presents this year's Freedom Speech in Wageningen's church of Johannes de Doper (John the Baptist).
In international relations the costs of a misunderstanding can be extremely high. During the Cold War Moscow and the West were well aware of such risks. Their worldviews differed fundamentally, but they took great care to prevent fateful misunderstandings. Nowadays, the situation has been turned upside down.
The role of the European Parliament (EP) in economic governance is increasing. Using mostly informal mechanisms, the EP is setting in motion an incremental process towards further control. Even though the formal role of the EP is still limited, Europe’s political union seems to draw ever closer.
Due to a broad ideological consensus on the capitalist nature of American society, the difference between presidential candidates can only be clarified by making it personal. The spectators of this 'political spectacle' have recently been given value for money in 2016.
Whether it is in the slums of Nairobi, the port of Karachi, or the corridors of power in Bujumbura, in many fragile societies state security organizations serve the interest of ruling elites in maintaining political power or their own institutional interests. Senior Research Fellow Erwin van Veen explores the critical links between political power and the organization of security in fragile societies.