Joris Voorhoeve

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Joris Voorhoeve (2014)
Joris Voorhoeve (1986)

Joris Jacob Clemens Voorhoeve (born 22 December 1945, The Hague) is a Dutch politician, former minister, and university professor.[1]

Voorhoeve was the leader of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy between 1986 and 1990 and served as the Dutch Minister of Defence between 1994 and 1998. He received severe criticism[2] for his role in the Srebrenica massacre but did not resign. He is a member of the Dutch Council of State. In 2010 he left the VVD and joined the liberal Democrats 66 party.[3]

Voorhoeve is also a member of the Dutch Foreign Ministry's Advisory Council on International Affairs and of the Trilateral Commission.[4]

His son is the political philosopher Alex Voorhoeve.[5]


Party political offices
Preceded by
Rudolf de Korte
Political leader of the VVD
December 3, 1986 – April 30, 1990
Succeeded by
Frits Bolkestein