Mario Monti - former PM of Italy established a transitional government of technocrats

Academics may be relevant in the policy process

What is the relevance for policy makers of scholars theorising about how the world functions? There is wide consensus that the academic community and policy makers are now more detached than ever. But there are ways to bridge this gap. Hiski Haukkala – who has worked as a university teacher and research, as a policy analyst…

Go nuclear, it will bring peace!

Kenneth Waltz is an authority of scholarship in international relations. He is best known for his 1979 book Theories of International, where he proposes a theory entitled structural realism. However, what people would find more interesting his idea that nuclear powers do not engage into war with each other.  For the sake of background information, a couple…

WWI USA War With Germany

The Rubicon Theory of War

There is a very interesting concept in foreign policy analysis known as the Rubicon Theory of War, a psychological concept of overconfidence that has been applied by Johnson and Tiersey to international affairs. The basic idea is that decision makers are likely to act with overconfidence if war appears to be imminent, even though it need…

The building of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague, Netherlands

Part V: Pieter de Gooijer: Dutch foreign policy and the European Union

This is the last part of a five-part event summary of the main points and statements  of high-ranking Dutch political directors at The Hague Institute for Global Justice’s, entitled “An Inside View: The Effectiveness of Dutch Foreign Policy”. The question under discussion was ‘in which way could Dutch foreign policy be made more effective’? Structurally how,…