A look at the Defence news 8 - 14 January

"Coups in the Sahel, the ruthless destruction that Russia is wreaking in Ukraine, rising tensions in the South China Sea.” Outgoing Netherlands Minister of Defence, Kajsa Ollongren delivered a sober message to her department in The Hague in her New Year address on 11 January.

Enlarge image The NATO headquarters in Brussels.
The NATO headquarters in Brussels.

The minister summed up why 2023 marked a turning point, as this was the year in which the full extent of the geopolitical challenge facing the Defence organisation became clear. 

The minister also said that a new government should respect the commitments made at the NATO Summit in Vilnius, meaning that the Netherlands will have to allocate at least 2% of its GDP to the Defence organisation over the next years. 

Netherlands contributes € 3 million to anti-terrorism academy in Ivory Coast

The Netherlands is to increase its contribution to the international anti-terrorism academy in Abidjan (Ivory Coast) by € 3 million for the next 3 years, in order to support the fight against terrorism in West Africa. Netherlands Minister of Defence Kajsa Ollongren announced this during a visit to the country last week.