Dutch and American men and women have fought side-by-side in many conflicts around the world, contributing to stability and promoting peace. The Netherlands and the USA also work closely together to prevent terrorism and combat violent extremism and cybercrimes. We reflect on how our allies, including many Americans, made great sacrifices to liberate us in World War II. We express our eternal gratitude and celebrate the fact that, since 1945, we have been living again in freedom. The Netherlands Carillon is a symbol of the Dutch gratitude to the people of the United States.
A safe and secure world is crucial for international trade. As a trading nation, the Netherlands works diligently to make sure people and goods can travel safely, for example by fighting terrorism, piracy, fraud, and smuggling.
The Netherlands is a strong ally in the exchange of information to keep people safe, and on the forefront of several initiatives to make international cooperation stronger.
The Netherlands is the center of international law and home to a vibrant knowledge and business community that develops advanced technologies to help combat terrorism, cybercrimes, and organized crime.
The Netherlands Forensic Institute is one of the world’s leading forensic laboratories. Experts use state-of-the-art technologies to solve and prevent crimes, whether it’s analyzing human DNA to determine someone’s age or tracing evidence in cyberspace.
The Netherlands remains on the forefront of crime-scene investigations.The Netherlands Forensics Institute invests heavily in research and development. In this way, it lays the foundations for the innovative forensic methods and technologies that will play an important part in the coming decades.
The Dutch government, universities, and research institutes work together to ensure that national security remains on the cutting edge. The approach is mainly practical, for example, by sharing facilities and creating economies of scale in innovation.
The Netherlands and the United States work together to make the world safer and more secure in part by combating violent extremism and nuclear nonproliferation. We share intelligence, and jointly invest in military programs and missile defense systems.
Dutch and American men and women have fought side-by-side in many conflicts, contributing to stability and promoting peace. In recent times we joint forces in the global coalition against ISIL and worked together on NATO assurance measures and in MINUSMA.
Promoting international law, human rights, and rule of law are a top priority for the Netherlands because these universal values form the foundation of civilized societies, ensure long-term global security, and allow social progress and economic mobility.