Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken

Snippet: A WRR report on Dutch foreign policy

A 2011 WRR (Wetenschappelijke Raad voor het Regeringsbeleid, translated: Scientific Council for Government Policy) report on reshaping Dutch foreign policy is critical in light of the tendency of Dutch cabinets to pursue an overly active and unrealistic foreign policy. During the Cold War, it was believed that the end of the Soviet era would bring about…

Diederik Samson (left, Labour) and Prime Minister Mark Rutte (right, VVD)

Dutch Coalition Agreement on FP

What are the current key foreign policy principles of the Netherlands? The coalition agreement (Regeerakkoord) is the source of the information below. The current cabinet – governing since October 2012 – in the Netherlands is composed of only two parties – PvdA (Labour) and VVD (Liberal Republicans). The motto of the Coalition Agreement is “Building…

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,…

Part III: Peter van Walsum: Morality and Realism in Dutch foreign policy

This is part three 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, based…

Part II: Hugo Siblesz: Values vs. Interests: is there a difference?

This is part two 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, based…

Part I: Herman Schaper: The loss of domestic consensus on foreign policy and its consequences

This is part one 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, based…