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…

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,…