Foreign Policy: Between Ideals and Reality
Do politicians need to make dirty hands when they deal with international affairs? This controversial question has dominated many debates on foreign policy over the last century. In tonight’s lecture, Han ten Broeke, Foreign Affairs spokesman for the Dutch Liberal Party VVD, will explain his vision on the purpose and requirements of a solid foreign policy. He will discuss the importance of the national interest, the goal of diplomacy and the potential need for military intervention. How do we maintain what Henry Kissinger called “a balance between power and legitimacy”?
Ten Broeke will pay special attention to the Netherlands: how can our small country strike the right balance between the pragmatic merchant and the moralising pastor? By discussing the most important “rules of thumb” and applying these to concrete examples such as the Syrian Civil War, the NATO-led intervention in Libya and the EU’s relationship with Russia, he will set out his argument for a realistic foreign policy that can meet the challenges in the years to come.