Can Turkey beat Italy? Will the Netherlands conquer Ukraine? Could we see a stalemate between France and Germany? We’ll find out tonight, when the 2020 UEFA European Football Championship finally starts!
But first, here’s some other news from the international playing field:
Can European business survive in Xi Jinping’s China amid an increasingly hostile political environment and rising geopolitical tensions? Find out in strategic analyst Joris Teer’s conversation with David Rennie, The Economist’s Beijing bureau chief: “We have never tried to be this economically interdependent with a country that poses such a challenge to our political norms and values.”
The International Military Council on Climate and Security (IMCCS) released its 2nd annual World Climate and Security Report this week, warning of the security threats posed by the convergence of climate change with other global risks, such as COVID-19. The report reveals that the increasing pace and intensity of climate hazards will strain military and security services around the world.
Speaking of the report, HCSS Deputy Director Michel Rademaker noted that it identifies opportunities to “climate proof” international security, including a first-of-its-kind Climate Security Risk Methodology, to assess climate related security risks.
Climate Change is also a matter of national and international security, says Gen. Tom Middendorp, retired Chief of Defence of the Netherlands and the chair of International Military Council on Climate and Security (IMCCS), in an interview with the JASON Institute.
Digital education offers a potential pathway for improving both access to and quality of tertiary education in Africa. Find out more about the digital interventions that can bypass the challenges facing the region’s education system in a new report on Digital Education in Africa by Hugo van Manen, Paul Verhagen, Joris van Schie, Michel Rademaker and Benedetta Girardi.
With President Biden now in the Oval Office, is a nuclear deal with Iran on the table again? In the latest episode of our BNR podcast De Strateeg, Paul van Liempt discusses whether Iran can be kept in check with Damon Golriz, political & strategic analyst, and Paul Brill, foreign commentator and former America correspondent.
This week, a delegation of young security analysts shared their input with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, in preparation of the NATO summit of June 14th. HCSS strategic analyst Joris Teer’s contribution focused on the role of (emerging disruptive) technology in China’s military modernization, European tech export and investment screening policy and new EU dependencies on China as a result of the energy transition.
In memorandum to the Dutch parliament this week, Prof. dr. Mr. Pieter van Vollenhoven, Senior advisor National Security & Governance for HCSS, made an urgent appeal for a new law that requires independent supervision of security in the Netherlands.