Monthly Alert October 2017 - European and Dutch security interests

This Alert presents the findings of a high-level analysis of this first current iteration of the Dutch Foreign Relations Index (DFRI). It offers, from the Netherlands’ perspective, an overview of the utility and compatibility of states worldwide and the changes therein over time. It also derives clusters of countries based on a combination of these two dimensions. It concludes with suggestions as to how the DFRI could be further developed and leveraged as an analytical input into the partnership prioritization process in Dutch official foreign and security policy making.


This Report has been commissioned by the Netherlands Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Defence within the PROGRESS framework agreement, lot 5, 2017. Responsibility for the contents and for the opinions expressed rests solely with the authors; publication does not constitute an endorsement by the Netherlands Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Defence.

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