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Ko Colijn

Ko Colijn

Ko Colijn (1951) is special professor of Global Security Issues at the Erasmus University, Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He is also well known as a journalist, columnist for the weekly Vrij Nederland and commentator on radio (Radio 1, BNR and ‘het oog op morgen’, Belgian VRT) and television (NOS Journaal and NOVA) on war and peace, international arms trade, terrorism and the war on terror, foreign policy and multilateral organizations like the UN or the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague. He lectures at the Clingendael Institute and is board member of the Nederlands Genootschap voor Internationale Zaken. He graduated in 1989 with a study of Dutch arms export policy.

Kennisbundeling voor nichediplomatie

De contouren van het nieuwe kennisbeleid voor OS zijn vastgesteld en de details zullen de komende maanden worden uitgewerkt. Staatssecretaris Ben Knapen heeft onlangs de brief over de manier waarop kennis en onderzoek gebruikt zullen worden in OS-beleid naar de Tweede Kamer gestuurd.

Go-to guys

I do not consider myself to be an expert on development assistance, but perhaps I am something of an expert on international security.

The current Dutch government, consisting as it does of a centre-right coalition supported by Geert Wilders’ anti-Islam Party for Freedom, has put development assistance under immense pressure. In fact, it is questioning the very purpose of development assistance. It is more interested in economic diplomacy and the primacy of national export interests than in the intrinsic goal of development cooperation.

Talking with the bad guys

‘Talking to the enemy is not, in my view, appeasement.’ These words were uttered by James Baker, secretary of state in the final year of George Bush senior’s administration, on 6 October 2006. It was a courageous statement, because it ran directly counter to the view held by George Bush junior, his secretary of defence Donald Rumsfeld and fellow Republican John McCain, all of whom felt that negotiating is tantamount to appeasement.

The risk of renaissance

The more nuclear reactors there are, the higher the risk. This is the logical conclusion made by Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, Austria. ‘As more countries build more nuclear reactors, the risk of nuclear incidents will probably grow,’ he says. And so accidents cannot be excluded. Does this mean the world is on the brink of a nuclear renaissance?

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