Methodological Note - The Dutch Foreign Relations Index: Version 2

January 24th 2020 - 12:00

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This method piece outlines HCSS’ approach to measuring the Netherlands’ position in the world on the basis of other countries’ relevance and compatibility. Relevance considers how much the Netherlands trades with another country, how militarily advanced it is, and how much influence it wields internationally. Compatibility is a reflection of a country’s similarity to the Netherlands when it comes to policy and values. It looks at whether the country has a similar legal system to the Netherlands, enacts comparable trade policies, cooperates with it militarily, and converges with its voting patterns in the UN General Assembly, among others. 

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Disclaimer: The research for and production of this report has been conducted within the PROGRESS research framework agreement. Responsibility for the contents and for the opinions expressed, rests solely with the authors and does not constitute, nor should it be construed as, an endorsement by the Netherlands Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Defense.

Hugo van Manen holds a Master’s degree (MSc) in International Public Management and Policy from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam and a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies from Leiden University. Prior to joining HCSS, Hugo worked as a consultant at Ecorys, where he was involved in several EU-commissioned projects within the field of civil protection, including the International Forum to Advance First Responder Innovation, DRIVER+, and DG ECHO’s peer review program.
Elisabeth Dick is a Junior Data Scientist at HCSS. She studies International Relations and Economics at the University of Erfurt, Germany and University of Tampere, Finland. During her studies, she has focused on Quantitative Research Methods and Econometrics and uses it to translate qualitative into quantitative research. She works mostly on measuring political, economic and social connections and dependencies in the global context.
Dr. Tim Sweijs is the Director of Research at The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies. He is the initiator, creator and author of numerous studies, methodologies, and tools for horizon scanning, early warning, conflict analysis, national security risk assessment, and strategy and capability development. Tim has lectured at universities and military academies around the world. His main research interest concerns the changing character of contemporary conflict. Tim is a Senior Research Fellow at the Netherlands Defence Academy and an Affiliate at the Center for International Strategy, Technology and Policy in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology.