The foundations of today’s armed forces were laid in the early 1990s: a period that can justifiably be referred to as a fault line in the history of the Dutch military. The fall of the Berlin Wall, German reunification and the disintegration of the Soviet Union dramatically changed the international security situation in a short space of time and forced Dutch political and military leaders to orient themselves on an uncertain, constantly changing future without a concrete military threat to the Netherlands. Between 1989 and 1993, the top of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) offered their initial answers to these fundamental changes by publishing the Defence White Paper 1991 and the Defence Priorities Review of 1993. Roy de Ruiter focuses on how they conducted themselves under these circumstances.
R.M. de Ruiter, BREUKLIJN 1989. Continuïteit en verandering in het Nederlandse defensiebeleid 1989-1993
Prof. H. Amersfoort
Prof. W. Klinkert
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