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Belgian diplomacy

After Paris and Brussels: reassessing ISIS’s strategy in Europe

By Thomas Renard (08-04-2016)

In Commentaries

The attacks in Paris and Brussels demonstrate a strategic shift for ISIS. Instead of focussing narrowly on territorial conquest in Syria/Iraq, the group has centrally and carefully planned a terror campaign in Europe, which is not over yet. Whereas we are discovering new elements to support this argument, read more…

Diplomacy in the Digital Age

By Brian Hocking, Jan Melissen (16-07-2015)

In Other publications

This groundbreaking report is the result of a partnership between the Clingendaele Institute, Egmont and the MFA of Finland and Belgium. read more…

Rather no government of technocrats

By Sven Biscop (17-04-2015)

In Commentaries

The « De Morgen » Newspaper chose Sven Biscop as defence minister in a hypothetical government of technocrats for Belgium. But Belgian and EU policy needs to become more political, not more technocratic, he argues. read more…

Letter from Brussels

By Sven Biscop (10-04-2015)

In Commentaries

“What should the EU do?” This is how most, if not all, policymakers in the Belgian foreign ministry react when a crisis occurs in, say, Ukraine or Syria. But as long as the reaction in London, Paris, read more…

A Belgian army for European defence

By Sven Biscop (08-04-2015)

In Commentaries

Sven Biscop outlines a realistic but real ambition for the Belgian armed forces. The key though is long-term budgetary stability.  This article is available in Dutch only.
This commentary appeared in De Morgen, 8 April 2015, read more…

No Belgian armed forces is unaffordable

By Jo Coelmont (20-02-2015)

In Security Policy Briefs

In this Security Policy Brief Jo Coelmont examines the challenges Belgium is facing at present. On the one hand there is the declared  political objective to henceforth provide its defence forces with the means of achieving read more…

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Conference on Belgium and its foreign policy

Conference from 18.00 to 19.30

Egmont and the publishers Van Halewyck, Lannoo and Mardaga have the pleasure of inviting you on Wednesday 26 November to a conference from 18.00 to 19.30 with the authors on the occasion of the publication of: read more…

Belgian Foreign Policy: in search of a new course

By Rik Coolsaet, Sven Biscop (10-07-2014)

In Commentaries

The last major review of Belgian foreign policy dates back to the 1990s. Enough has changed at the global, European and Belgian level to warrant a new critical reflection. On the eve of the publication of his updated reference work « België en zijn buitenlandse politiek 1830-2015 » (September 2014, Van Halewyck), Rik Coolsaet, with Sven Biscop, offers some guidelines for a policy review. read more…

Sven Biscop contributed the country chapter Belgium in Strategic cultures in Europe

By Sven Biscop (24-07-2013)

In Other publications

European countries work together in crisis management, conflict prevention and many other aspects of security and defence policy. Closer cooperation in this policy arena seems to be the only viable way forward to address contemporary security challenges. Yet, despite the repeated interaction, fundamental assumptions about security and defence remain remarkably distinct across European nations. This book offers a comparative analysis of the security and defence policies of all 27 EU member states and Turkey, drawing on the concept of read more…

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

The future of the Benelux Defence Cooperation


This report is based on input for a seminar on Benelux Defence Cooperation which took place on 9 April 2013 in Brussels. The seminar was jointly organized by the Egmont Institute and the Netherlands Institute for International Relations « Clingendael ». Civilian and military representatives from the three Benelux countries and armed forces plus representatives from the Belgian Federal Parliament, the European Defence Agency, read more…