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Lecture | Seminar

Today’s geopolitics: Managing the known unknowns?

Friday 9 December 2022
EU Seminar
Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden

War on the European Continent, a complex relationship on the main geopolitical stage between the two superpowers the US and China. What about Europe? Are the European Union and NATO up to manage a situation where the “known unknowns” make forward looking policies extremely complicated? Is the EU after Brexit mentally and politically prepared to take more responsibility for its own security and defense? More autonomy in technology? Are the EU’s competition and industrial policies up to standard? 

In this lecture on the fast-changing geopolitical context of the EU’s foreign and security policy, Mr. Jaap de Hoop Scheffer draws on his extensive experience in various foreign policy roles to discuss the challenges brought forth by Russian aggression and the shifting meaning of ‘security’ in Europe.  

About the speaker

Mr. de Hoop Scheffer is Minister of State and emeritus Professor International Relations and the Practice of Diplomacy at Leiden University. He began his career in the Netherlands foreign service and has served among, other, as Foreign Minister of the Netherlands during the Dutch chairmanship of the OSCE in 2003, and as Secretary General of NATO from 2004 to 2009. He is also the chair of Clingendael, the Institute of International Relations, and a member of the board of the Brussels Center for European Policy Studies (CEPS).

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