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

As a result fast upward push of globalization, the Netherlands hasn't ever been extra politically, socially, and economically attached to different international locations. to handle this improvement, the clinical Council for presidency coverage is supplying new reflections on Dutch international coverage during this record. crucial feedback contain extra governmental transparency, shrewdpermanent use of nongovernmental corporations, and adapting executive constructions to use the Netherlands’ place inside Europe.

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It primarily requires a mental U-turn. In order to establish a strategic foreign policy, politicians, government officials and citizens must be fully aware of the consequences that living in a hybrid world involves. They must understand that the disaggregated state, the interconnectedness of worlds at home and abroad, Europe, and the power of non-state actors are phenomena that can barely be influenced by the Netherlands, but that, conversely, most definitely do influence the position of the Netherlands in the world.

Wrr 2006). The effects of climate change are closely interconnected with many other issues, such as biodiversity, food supplies (the regional decrease in food productivity due to flooding and desertification), human health (expansion of the areas in which infectious diseases occur), international stability (increasing pressure on local and regional societies in consequence of the increase in water and food shortages, droughts, and natural disasters), and migration (Adger et al. 2006). The Dutch government is aware of the complexity and the interrelatedness of the issue of climate change with other themes and, over the past few years, has spent a lot of energy on developing national climate and adaptation strategies (making the Netherlands climate proof).

2 consequences for foreign policy As the set order of items on the international agenda has disappeared, it has become increasingly difficult for the government to pursue a coherent and consistent policy. On the one hand, the increased size and diversity of themes have forced the government to formulate policy objectives in many more areas than before. On the other, the lack of a clear hierarchy has inevitably caused these policy objectives to be more wide-ranging. In this context, it is important to explore whether the Netherlands can actually maintain its ‘active approach’ to foreign policy and what might be its possible consequences.

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