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The geopolitical landscape is marked by seemingly intractable challenges like the ongoing war in Libya and tensions across the Middle East as well as new challenges like the global pandemic and the United States’ turning away from traditional alliances and long-held interests. With the need for global cooperation all the more important, the European Union, still struggling with Brexit, is seeking its place in a world dominated by the United States and China. What does the future hold for the European Union, global alliances, and European permanent defense cooperation? Join the World Affairs Council and Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, Former Secretary-General of NATO, former Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs and Professor of International Relations for a discussion on June 10 at 8:00 AM (PT).
About the Speaker
Jaap de Hoop Scheffer is professor of International Relations and Diplomatic Practice. He graduated with an LL.M. degree at Leiden University in 1974. He worked for the ministry of foreign affairs from 1976 to 1986. For the first two years, he was stationed at the Dutch embassy in Ghana. After that, he worked at the Dutch delegation at NATO headquarters in Brussels until 1980. He became the 11th NATO Secretary General in 2004, and held this post until August 2009. On 1 September 2009 De Hoop Scheffer was appointed to the Pieter Kooijmans Chair for Peace, Law and Security at Leiden University. De Hoop Scheffer focuses on issues in the area of peace, law and security and also lectures in the field of international politics and the practice of diplomacy.