Dutch Foreign Ministers on the future of Europe

The future of the European Union is a fashionable debate among politicians and academics with the European Parliament elections in sight, set for May 2014. However, there is a huge information gap amongst the general public – they do not know when the next EP elections are. On 11 December, 2013, the Hague Institute for…

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…

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…

Reblog: What is Realism?

Originally posted on The International Scope:
I guess the bottom line is that realists may not be angels, but in the real world, angels often turn out to be brutes. Because if you’re moralizing, crusading, saying we don’t like your human rights policies and we don’t like your regime the way — it’s not democratic…

The Chain Bridge in Budapest

Hungary’s Fidesz Party’s Foreign Policy Orientation

The Chain Bridge in Budapest A recent article on Hungary’s foreign policy talks about the reorientation of Hungary’s foreign policy from the EU towards China, Russia and the US. In the light of a weakening European Union and a less reliable NATO, Budapest is reassessing its position in Europe. A more centralised control of domestic…