The Defence team focuses on international security challenges and how to deal with them. The team works on issues related to European defence cooperation, international security governance (EU, NATO, OSCE, UN), transatlantic defence cooperation and Dutch defence.
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The resurgence of an external strategic threat has not resulted in a firmly united NATO. At its 70th anniversary in April 2019, the Alliance as the cornerstone of European security is crumbling under the combined weight of American President Trump, the East-South divide and Turkey.