Attached to the World

On the Anchoring and Strategy of Dutch Foreign Policy

Ben Knapen, Gera Arts, Yvonne Kleistra, Martijn Klem, and Marijke Rem

Ben Knapen, Gera Arts, Yvonne Kleistra, Martijn Klem, and Marijke Rem

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

150 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2011
Paper $34.95 ISBN: 9789089643285 Published September 2012 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

Due to the rapid rise of globalization, the Netherlands has never been more politically, socially, and economically connected to other countries. To address this development, the Scientific Council for Government Policy is providing new reflections on Dutch foreign policy in this report. The most important suggestions include more governmental transparency, smart use of nongovernmental organizations, and adapting government structures to take advantage of the Netherlands’ position within Europe.


1. Motivation and Background: an Introduction
1.1 Motivation
1.2 Background
1.3 Problem Definition
1.4 Limitations and Structure of This Report
2. From Fragmentation to Strategy
2.1 Tilting of the Policy Agenda
2.2 Consequences for Foreign Policy
2.3 Towards Clear Choices and Priorities
2.4 Conclusion
3. Europe: Arena and Link
3.1 Beyond Two Mental Worlds
3.2 Europe as a Political Arena
3.3 Europe as a Link to the World Stage
3.4 A Convoy Carrying Two Flags
3.5 The Netherlands in Europe
3.6 Conclusion
4. Directing and Facilitating
4.1 Organising Strategic Foreign Policy
4.2 Using Existing Instruments
4.3 Switching between State and Non-State Arenas
4.4 Conclusion
5. Conclusions and Recommendations
5.1 The Netherlands in a Changing World
5.2 Opportunities for Setting Our 'Own Agenda'
5.3 Reorientation on Europe
5.4 Towards a New Practice
5.5 In Conclusion

List of Abbreviations
List of Interviewees
Appendices 1–4
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