How can the Netherlands effectively address emerging global challenges? The Hague Institute for Global Justice convened three high-level conferences exploring this question, and the formulation and implementation of Dutch foreign policy, including the role of the Netherlands at the United Nations.

Together, the three events featured former Dutch Political Directors from the Foreign Ministry, policy and practitioner experts, and former Permanent Representatives to the UN. The series culminated on 11 December with a panel of former consecutive Ministers of Foreign Affairs.

Details of each session:

The first panel featured consecutive former political directors responsible for the policy agenda at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands. | Download the event program [PDF]


  • Herman A. Schaper (Audio: 08:45min)
    Topic:  The Loss of Domestic Consensus on Foreign Policy and its Consequences
  • Hugo H. Siblesz (Audio: 16:25mins)
    Topic: Values vs. Interests:  Is there a Difference?
  • Peter van Walsum (Audio: 27:25mins)
    Topic:  Morality and Realism in Dutch Foreign Policy
  • Joris M. Vos (Audio: 39:07mins)
    Topic: The U.S. relationship and Dutch Security Policy
  • Pieter de Gooijer (Audio: 48:47mins)
    Topic:  Dutch Foreign Policy and the European Union:  The Profit and Loss Account
  • Abi Williams, Moderator
    The Hague Institute for Global Justice
  • Boudewijn J. van EenennaamCo-moderator
    Ambassador in Residence and Development Advisor
    The Hague Institute for Global Justice
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