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Jakob Gijsbert De Hoop Scheffer

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Military Personnel

The Resume

    (April 3, 1948- )
    Commonly known as 'Jaap'
    Graduated from Leiden University (1974)
    Flew cargo planes in Dutch Air Force (1974-1976)
    Member, Dutch delegation to NATO (1978-1980)
    Chief of Staff for the Minister of Foreign Affairs (1980-1986)
    Member, Dutch House of Representatives (1986-2003)
    Served as Deputy Leader and leader of the Christian Democratic Alliance Party
    Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs (July 22, 2002-December 3, 2003)
    11th Secretary General, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (January 5, 2004- )
    Married with two daughters
    Regular churchgoer, singer, runner, and squash/tennis player

Why he might be annoying:

    His name is 5 words long!
    He was kicked out as CDA party leader due to a lack of charisma.
    He has often been criticized as a 'boring diplomat.'
    He switched political parties in the 1980s.
    He never reached ambassador's rank in the Dutch foreign service.

Why he might not be annoying:

    He is making efforts to adapt NATO to the post-Soviet era.
    He is supportive of the war on terrorism.
    His selection was welcomed by both US and European politicians.
    His predecessor as Secretary-General described him as a straight talker.
    He fluently speaks four languages (English, German, Dutch, and French).
    He supported the Iraq war even though he was under pressure to oppose it.
    He served as a reserve officer after leaving the military.

Credit: Wang


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Year In Review:

    In 2023, Out of 2 Votes: 100% Annoying
    In 2022, Out of 1 Votes: 0% Annoying
    In 2021, Out of 3 Votes: 100% Annoying
    In 2019, Out of 2 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2018, Out of 3 Votes: 66.67% Annoying
    In 2017, Out of 4 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2016, Out of 3 Votes: 100% Annoying
    In 2015, Out of 5 Votes: 40.0% Annoying
    In 2014, Out of 13 Votes: 53.85% Annoying
    In 2013, Out of 12 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2012, Out of 9 Votes: 77.78% Annoying
    In 2011, Out of 16 Votes: 75.00% Annoying
    In 2010, Out of 21 Votes: 61.90% Annoying
    In 2009, Out of 20 Votes: 35.00% Annoying
    In 2008, Out of 23 Votes: 69.57% Annoying
    In 2007, Out of 66 Votes: 71.21% Annoying
    In 2006, Out of 113 Votes: 71.68% Annoying
    In 2005, Out of 171 Votes: 66.67% Annoying
    In 2004, Out of 234 Votes: 58.97% Annoying