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NATO Night 2020: Brain Dead, or Alive & Kicking?

October 9th 2020 - 08:00

How can NATO remain 'alive and kicking' in the 21st Century? The Jonge Atlantici organized the third NATO Night, entirely online this time, to reflect on NATO’s position in the world. You can rewatch the event, with contributions by Han ten Broeke, on their YouTube channel now.

Whether you think NATO is in good or bad shape, the challenges the alliance is facing are numerous and complex: Russia’s conventional and hybrid warfare tactics are still viewed as NATO’s biggest threat, unrest continues in the Middle-East, and there is a discussion on what the alliance’s stance should be towards China. Furthermore, emerging technologies are changing the threat landscape, with the impact of cyber, space and climate issues increasing by the day.

How should NATO address these threats and challenges? And is NATO still the right actor to face them in the future? In short: is NATO brain dead or alive and kicking?

Watch NATO Night 2020 with contributions by Han ten Broeke for a full evening of online interactive discussions!

Han ten Broeke is Director of Political Affairs for HCSS. A staunch advocate of public ideals, he served four terms as a member of the Dutch House of Representatives for the leading conservative liberal VVD political party. He held post as the senior member of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and acted as Chair of the Armed Services Committee. Furthermore, he led the Dutch delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. Prior to which, he was the VVD’s ranking member on Defence and EU affairs. Han ten Broeke believes in the power of ever-present potential as an indispensible instrument towards a better, more sustainable future. Clear, unambiguous use of language in both his native Dutch and fluent English has furnished him with persuasive, emotive deliveries before both the media and audiences of varying cultures, and from all walks of life. Ten Broeke holds a Master’s degree in Political Science and International Relations from Leiden University, the Netherlands. He is also Chairman of the Board of BOVAG.