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International Symposium about Russian-Dutch relations: What do Russians think about the Netherlands?

Friday 14 February 2020
Turfmarkt 99
2511 DP The Hague

Muddling or Breaking Through? Russian-Dutch relations in the next decade

On February 14th, the Faculty of Humanities of Leiden University and online think tank Window on Russia (Raam op Rusland) will organise a public symposium on Russian-Dutch relations in the next decade. The speakers are leading experts on the topic from Russia and the Netherlands.

Results of ground-breaking research on the Russian public opinion toward the Netherlands

The symposium discusses the recent results of ground-breaking research which might be relevant for the relations between Russia and the Netherlands, especially with regard to:

  • The ongoing investigations of the downing of flight MH17.
  • Sanctions and countersanctions since the start of the conflict in Ukraine.
  • The role of the Netherlands in the promotion of economic interests in Russia.

The research was conducted at the end of 2019 by the most well-known independent research organisation in Russia, Levada Center, commissioned by and in consultation with Leiden University / Window on Russia. The results of this research will be discussed at the symposium.


With Russisan experts

  • Alexei Levinson, socio-cultural researcher at Levada Center, will discuss the outcomes of his quantitative and qualitative research.
  • Alexei Gromyko, director of the Institute of Europe of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Gromyko is a grandson of Andrei Gromyko, who served as Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Soviet Union between 1957 and 1985.
  • Sergei Markedonov, historian and expert on European security issues. Markedonov lectures at the Moscow State Institute for International Relations (MGIMO) and the Russian State University for the Humanities, is a columnist for, among others, the news outlet RBK and has published over 50 academic works.

And Dutch experts

  • Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, professor of international politics and diplomacy at Leiden University. De Hoop Scheffer is the former party leader of CDA (Christian Democratic Appeal), minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, and Secretary-General of NATO.
  • Renée Jones Bos, Russia expert and, until recently, ambassador of the Netherlands in Russia. Jones-Bos previously served as ambassador to the United States, and as Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands.
  • Tony van der Togt, Russia expert, Strategic Policy Advisor at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands and Associate Fellow at the Clingendael Institute in The Hague.

The public symposium will be led by:

  • Menno Hurenkamp, affiliated member of Window on Russia. Hurenkamp is a political scientist at the University of Amsterdam and the University of Humanistic Studies in Utrecht. He will moderate the discussion.
  • Jos Schaeken, professor of Russian and Eurasian Studies at the Faculty of Humanities of Leiden University. Schaeken will open the symposium.

Further information

The event will be in English. Entry: free. There is limited space and registration is required. Please register for this event on time using this link!

For further questions, please contact Chris Colijn (Faculty of Humanities, Leiden University).l.

Registration (free)

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