Attached to the World: On the Anchoring and Strategy of Dutch Foreign Policy

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Amsterdam University Press, 2011 - Political Science - 150 pages
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Few other countries are so interrelated with the World around us in political, economic, and social respects as the Netherlands. This means that the Dutch government needs to be alert in its response to the risks and opportunities presented by a rapidly changing world. Addressing this issue, The Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR) is offering some reflections in this report, guided by the question how the Netherlands can develop a foreign policy strategy that matches the changing power relations in the world and the radically changed character of international relations. The answer.
 

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Contents

summary
7
preface
13
an introduction
15
2 from fragmentation to strategy
25
arena and link
59
4 directing and facilitating
85
5 conclusions and recommendations
107
list of abbreviations
119
references
121
list of interviewees
135
appendix 1
141
appendix 2
143
appendix 3
147
appendix 4
149
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Ben Knapen is currently Dutch Minister of State of Foreign Affairs. He is a former member of the Netherlands Council for Government Policy (WRR), an independent body advising Dutch government on long-term policy issues.

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