NATO – 2.3 – Jaap de Hoop Scheffer (Secretary-General, 2004-2009)

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Jaap de Hoop Scheffer

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JAAP DE HOOP SCHEFFER
(11th Secretary General of NATO, 2004-2009)
[Netherlands]


 

Jakob Gijsbert “Jaap” de Hoop Scheffer (born 3 April 1948) is a Dutch politician and diplomat of the Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA) party and jurist who served as Secretary General of NATO from 5 January 2004 until 1 August 2009.

De Hoop Scheffer studied Law at the Leiden University obtaining a Master of Laws degree and worked as a civil servant and diplomat for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Diplomatic service from October 1976 until June 1986. After the election of 1986 De Hoop Scheffer was elected as a Member of the House of Representatives on 3 June 1986 and served a frontbencher and spokesperson for Foreign and European Affairs. After Party Leader and Parliamentary leader Enneüs Heerma stepped down De Hoop Scheffer was selected as his successor on 27 March 1997. For the election of 1998 De Hoop Scheffer served as Lijsttrekker (top candidate). Following a internal power struggle with Party Chairman Marnix van Rij before a upcoming election De Hoop Scheffer announced that he was stepping down as Leader and that he wouldn’t stand for the election of 2002.

De Hoop Scheffer continued to be active in politics and was appointed as Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Cabinet Balkenende I taking office on 22 July 2002. The cabinet Balkenende I fell just 87 days into its term. After the election of 2003 De Hoop Scheffer continued his office in the Cabinet Balkenende II. In September 2003 De Hoop Scheffer was nominated as the next Secretary General of NATO serving from 1 January 2004 until 1 August 2009.

De Hoop Scheffer retired from active politics at 61 and became active in the private and public sectors as a corporate and non-profit director served on several state commissions and councils and as a occasional diplomat and lobbyist for several economic delegations on behalf of the government, he also worked as a distinguished professor of International relations, Diplomatic Practice and Governmental Studies at his alma mater from September 2009 until september 2014. Following his retirement De Hoop Scheffer continues to be active as a advocate and lobbyist for more European integration and improved Transatlantic relations. De Hoop Scheffer is known for his abilities as an effective negotiator and skillful manager. De Hoop Scheffer was granted the honorary title of Minister of State on 22 June 2018 and as of 2022 continues to comment on political affairs as a statesman.

NATO Secretary General (2004-2009)

He became the 11th NATO Secretary General on 5 January 2004, succeeding Lord Robertson, who held the post from 1999 until 2003. The announcement was made on 22 September 2003. As Secretary General, De Hoop Scheffer urged NATO members to contribute more to NATO operations such as the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan. He “informed a NATO conference that ‘NATO troops have to guard pipelines that transport oil and gas that is directed for the West,’ and more generally to protect sea routes used by tankers and other ‘crucial infrastructure’ of the energy system”.

On 21 June 2007, De Hoop Scheffer attended an economic conference in Montreal where he encouraged Canada to continue its military mission in Afghanistan past its 2009 withdrawal date. He said, “I think more time is necessary to create those conditions for reconstruction and development to go on.” His visit coincided with the death of three more Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan. “I know how dramatic it is if Canadian soldiers pay the highest price, but I still say, you are there for a good cause.” De Hoop Scheffer’s comments were made as the Harper government was under pressure by opposition politicians to define the length of Canada’s commitment to the mission in Afghanistan.

It has been alleged by Iran that Jaap de Hoop Scheffer met Jundallah leader Abdolmalek Rigi while he was visiting Afghanistan in 2008 amid Iranian accusations that the CIA was backing the terrorist group. This accusation was later denied by NATO.

On 21 July 2009 De Hoop Scheffer suffered a heart attack. He underwent angioplasty after which he was reported to be in stable condition.

His successor, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, took office on 1 August 2009.

Source: Wikipedia

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