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Inaugural lecture Mr Prof J.J.D. Wiers: Mind the Gap – hoe de kloof tussen buitenlandbeleid en wetenschap te overbruggen?

When:Tu 28-06-2016 at 16:15
Where:Aula Academy Building, Broerstraat 5, Groningen
Jochem Wiers
Jochem Wiers

‘Use academic knowledge to improve foreign policy’

The deal with Turkey may be under fire, but it has helped us gain control of the flow of refugees across the Aegean Sea. That was a political necessity in the European Union, where tensions were running high. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, holder of the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU, negotiated the deal with Angela Merkel and Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davuto g lu. Although Rutte’s fellow coalition member Diederik Samsom had previously sold him the plan, the ‘Samsom Plan’ actually originated from the academic Gerald Knaus. This makes the refugee deal with Turkey a prime example of how academic knowledge can contribute to effective foreign policy.

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  • Inaugural lecture: Mr Prof J.J.D. Wiers
  • Title: Mind the Gap – hoe de kloof tussen buitenlandbeleid en wetenschap te overbruggen?
  • Chair: Foreign Policy in the Netherlands
  • Faculty: Arts
  • Register at the latest one week in advance by returning the replycard or by filling in the online registration form
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