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.
Rob de Wijk - Director
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).
Tim Sweijs - Research Fellow
Tim Sweijs leads HCSS’ security foresight efforts. He regularly advises various departments of the Dutch Government on policy themes like the implementation of the National Security Strategy, the restructuring of the national security apparatus, and the transformation of the armed forces. He has designed several policy analysis methodologies in the area of foresight, risk assessment and capability development. He has (co-)authored several publications on CBRN weapons proliferation, specifically focusing on public and private sector policies aimed at reducing the risk of CBRN proliferation along the analysis, prevention and response (APR) chain.
Tim received degrees in War Studies (MA, King’s College), International Relations (MSc, University of Amsterdam) and Philosophy (BA, University of Amsterdam). Prior to HCSS, he served as a research assistant at NATO’s Parliamentary Assembly. Tim pursues a PhD at King’s College on the use of ultimatums in international crises.