How has Covid affected defense priorities across Europe? How can America turn the tables on China in the Pacific? And how can we solve the Covid vaccine shortage? All of this – and more – in the latest HCSS Digest!
The attempt to secure US hegemony over the Pacific leaves the US vulnerable to being overextended. Paul van Hooft’s latest article in War On The Rocks argues for an alternative approach to confronting China in the Pacific.
European dependence on foreign technology has led to severe discussions in Brussels, but the debate in the Netherlands still appears to be absent. Reason enough for TNO and HCSS to organize a workshop on sovereignty and digital autonomy.
How has Covid affected defense priorities across Europe? Read the new report by the French Institute of International Relations (IFRI), which analyzes the impact of the pandemic on the national defense policies, priorities, spending and threat analysis of 10 European countries, with a contribution by Rob de Wijk.
HCSS Subject Matter Expert and Energy Specialist Jilles van den Beukel was a guest this week in podcast “Blik op Olie en Gas”, where he spoke about the Texas Freeze and the lessons for the Netherlands. He also published a column on Shell, Heading Toward a Future without Oil, and wrote an article in Energeia about the challenges of the energy transition.
Delivery problems for the AstraZeneca vaccine, a European vaccination passport – there’s plenty to talk about at the EU summit taking place today, and WNL’s Goedemorgen Nederland asked our very own Han ten Broeke for his insights.
Rich countries are keeping their vaccines all to themselves, developing countries are waiting in the back and Russia & China are increasing their geopolitical influence – at the expense of their own population. Still, there is a solution to the vaccine shortage, Rob de Wijk writes in his column for Trouw: to temporarily suspend patent rights so that vaccines can be produced on a larger scale around the world. But main producers EU, UK and US won’t want to do that…
Republicans are anxiously awaiting Donald Trump’s first public speech since his resignation. What will his message be this Sunday? Will he announce his candidacy for 2024? Will he set up his own party? In VPRO’s Bureau Buitenland, HCSS Data Scientist and expert on US politics Paul Verhagen looks ahead.
Senior Strategic Analyst Jack Thompson was awarded the Theodore Roosevelt Association 2020 book prize for his book Great Power Rising: Theodore Roosevelt and the Politics of U.S. Foreign Policy, and was interviewed about it by the Theodore Roosevelt Association Journal.
HCSS Subject Matter Expert Martijn Vlaskamp is the editor of a new (Spanish-language) book, “Violencia Política“, in which the authors describe, as the name suggests, different forms of political violence. In addition to the introduction, Vlaskamp has also written a chapter on civil wars and a chapter on coup d’états.
Time to say goodbye: Assistant Analyst Jens Emmers will be leaving HCSS – thanks for all your work Jens, we wish you all the best!