The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies

HCSS (Netherlands)

The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies (HCSS) was established in 2007 as an independent think tank. The founder Prof. dr. Rob de Wijk started this organization with a small team of senior experts and analysts, being drawn in from organizations such as the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO), RAND, Clingendael, the Dutch Ministry of Defense and the United Nations. This team has been conducting strategic research and analyses on issues of international and national security and defense. It translated conceptual thinking into solution-oriented policy and operational recommendations with its partners.
Over the past years, HCSS has expanded its size, scope and reputation. It is now a well-known organization, linking the security domain to issues on social economic stability and ecological sustainability and considering potential effects and policy implications for many different stakeholders.
The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies (HCSS) helps governments, non-governmental organizations and the private sector to understand the fast-changing environment and seeks to anticipate the challenges of the future with practical policy solutions and advice.

Contact information

The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies – HCSS

Lange Voorhout 16
2514 EE The Hague
The Netherlands

Tel: +31(70) 318 48 40
Fax: +31(70) 318 48 50

Point of contact

Dr. Tim Sweijs

The team

Contacts Resume Speciality
Rob de Wijk
In 2007  Dr. Rob de Wijk assumed the position of Director of the The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies in The Netherlands. He is also Professor in the field of International Relations at the University of Leiden (2000), Chairman of the Think-tank National Security and Columnist for Trouw.
From 1999 to 2008 he was Professor in the field of International Relations at the Royal Netherlands Military Academy (RNMA), Breda. From 2000 to 2003 he was Director of the Research Centre of the RNMA.
In October 1989 Rob de Wijk was appointed Head of the Defence Concepts Division of the Defence Staff at the Netherlands Ministry of Defence. He advised the Chief of the Defence Staff and the minister of defence in matters relating to strategic plans and policy.
In September 1997 he acquired a secondment with the Clingendael Institute for International Relations in The Hague to study security and defence. In 2003 he established the Clingendael Centre for Strategic Studies. Additionally, in 2005 he became the director of the Clingendael Security and Conflict Program.
Rob de Wijk studied Contemporary History and International Relations in Groningen, and wrote his dissertation on NATO’s strategy of Flexibility in Response at the Political Science Department of Leiden University (1989).
  • Terrorism
  • Nuclear Strategy
  • Proliferation
  • Arms control
Tim Sweijs
Research Fellow
Tel: +31 (0) 6 5377 5924
Dr. Tim Sweijs is the Director of Research at The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies. He is the initiator, creator and author of numerous studies, methodologies, and tools for research projects in horizon scanning, conflict analysis, international and national security risk assessment, strategy and capability development, and defense planning. His main research interest concerns the changing character of modern day conflict. His work is multidisciplinary in nature and straddles political science, strategic studies and war studies. He has led multicenter research projects for both private and public sector organisations. Tim spearheads the HCSS StratMon program which offers strategic assessments of medium to long term risks in the global security environment to the Strategic Monitor of the Dutch Ministries of Defense and Foreign Affairs. He is the architect of the HCSS Political Violence Monitor, a web-based interactive mapping platform of global state vulnerability to intrastate conflict. Tim has lectured at universities and military academies around the world. Prior to HCSS, he was a researcher at TNO Defense and Security in The Hague and at the research staff of NATO’s Parliamentary Assembly in Brussels. He studied in London, Amsterdam and Hong Kong and holds degrees in War Studies (PhD, MA), International Relations (Msc.), and Philosophy (BA). Tim is married and has three children.
  • Foresight
  • Risk assessment
  • Capability development for security and defence planning