Trump’s world: “Challenges of our time ask for multilateral institutions”

Published 7 February 2017

Terrorism, pandemic, misuse of cyberspace, climate change and mass migration are today’s challenges that can only be fought with a system where the right of the strongest not always prevails. The less influential people must also have their voices heard. Multilateral institutions therefore have to be defended. 

Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, Chairman of the Advisory Council on International Affairs and former Secretary General of NATO, drew his conclusion at the conference "Trump’s World - The Trump Administration and International law" which took place at the T.M.C Asser Instituut on 27 January 2017. The Asser Institute organised this conference together with the John Adams Institute to stress the importance of trust in international relations and international law. Especially in light of the uncertainty triggered by Donald Trump's inauguration.  

Western flavour
According to De Hoop Scheffer we must not do away with our rules-based institutions, despite their malfunctioning at times. “They have for many nations on this globe too much of a western flavour. But we cannot give them up. Let this Trump Administration be the rallying cry to take ourselves and the EU seriously. Economically, politically and militarily.”

Rewrite the narrative
The Dutch Ambassador to the US, Henne Schuwer, pleaded to rewrite the narrative of the relations between the EU and US. “Trump but also the Republican Party talk harshly about the European Union as a model of the past. In answer to that we have to articulate our values and by that rewrite the narrative of the bilateral relation. Then we can go with an outstretched hand to the US and say: are you willing to work with us on the basis of who we are and what we stand for?”

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