Trade and Globalisation

Symposium Liberal 'Realpolitik'
9 Sep 2016 10:00
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In International Relations Theory liberalism is often presented as opposed to realism. Is Realpolitik really incompatible with liberalism?

The seminar will be held in English. Admittance is free. You can register per mail

On Friday 9 September 2016 the TeldersStichting  (Telders Foundation) organises a symposium on realistic foreign policy, during which politicians and academic experts will meet and discuss this topic. They explore how to combine a realistic -and thus effectiive- foreign policy with upholding and spreading liberal values as they are embodied in liberal political philosophy. The seminar is  also held in connection with the publication of the PS3 '10 vuistregels voor een realistisch buitenlands beleid' (Ten cardinal rules for a realistic foreign policy) by MP Han ten Broeke - previously published as article in the Internationale Spectator,

Mr. L.W.S.A.L.B. (Lousewies) van der Laan (former Dutch politician, currently member board of directors ICANN) will moderate the roundtable discussion.

10:30 Welcome by
Drs. H. (Halbe) Zijlstra | Leader VVD
Dr. P.G.C. (Patrick) van Schie | Director TeldersFoundation

10:15 - 11:45 Key-note speeches followed by Q&A
Mr. F.C.G.M. (Frans) Timmermans | First vice-president European Commission
Dr. D. (David) Conway | Senior Research Fellow at CIVITAS

11:45 - 12:00 Short break

12:00 - 13:00 Paneldiscussion with J.J.C. (Joris) Voorhoeve | Former Dutch minister of Defense
Prof.dr. P.J. (Paul) Scheffer | Professor of European Studies at Tilburg University
J. (John) Vinocur | Columnist Wall Street Journal
Drs. M. (Monika) Sie Dhian Ho | General director of the Clingendael Institute

13:00-13:10 Closing remarks
Drs. J.H. (Han) ten Broeke | VVD Member of Parliament

13:10 - 13:45 Lunch