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SIB Masterclass: 70 years of NATO

18 April @ 20:00 - 22:00

On the 18th of April, we will organize our first masterclass of 2019. Every time we touch upon another, often hot, topic with interesting speakers. These masterclasses are more in-depth than our lectures and on a smaller scale. This way, our speakers can go more into detail and you are able to ask more questions than during a regular lecture.

After WW2, the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation was founded in 1949. Since its foundation, NATO has been a vital backbone of the security of the Western world. Throughout its existence, NATO succeeded in keeping its rival, the Warsaw Pact, at bay. With the Fall of the Soviet Union, some important academics and politicians claimed NATO to be obsolete after having served its purpose. However, this year, the Organisation celebrates its 70th anniversary – but not without its struggles. The Trump Administration clashes over budgetary requirements of the member states (2%-rule) and Russia is becoming aggressive as a reaction to the ever-expanding NATO.

During this masterclass, we are going to look into the dynamics of NATO. Specifically, we will focus on the purpose of NATO and how well it has maintained peace in the world. One question we’ll seek to answer is whether the current (budgetary) conflict will divide the NATO members into two camps. Another question we will ask is whether the NATO procedures are still fit to cope with the issues arising in the 21st century. Lastly, we will ask about the future of NATO and whether it will continue to be the dominant security alliance of the world.

Please note, we have a maximum amount of people who can join this masterclass. Therefore, we kindly ask you to sign up. The form to do so will be published soon.

We hope to see you on the 18th!


18 April
20:00 - 22:00
Event Category:


Committee of Intellectual Activities


CREA Muziekzaal
Nieuwe Achtergracht 170
Amsterdam, Nederland
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