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Security in an Interconnected World

A Strategic Vision for Defence Policy

  • This book is open access, which means that you have free and unlimited access.

  • This book relates the future of Dutch defence policies to the analysis of international security, the changing world order and the renewed geopolitical positioning of Europe

  • Brings together the concepts of national security, flow security and human security a prismatic lens to develop a defence and security strategy in an interconnected world

  • Addresses the challenges of European defence strategies in an interconnected world

Part of the book series: Research for Policy (RP)

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Table of contents (7 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-x
  2. Shifts in the Security Environment

    • Ernst Hirsch Ballin, Huub Dijstelbloem, Peter de Goede
    Pages 1-11Open Access
  3. The Extension of the Concept of Security

    • Ernst Hirsch Ballin, Huub Dijstelbloem, Peter de Goede
    Pages 13-39Open Access
  4. Human Security and Flow Security in Dutch Security Policy

    • Ernst Hirsch Ballin, Huub Dijstelbloem, Peter de Goede
    Pages 41-64Open Access
  5. The Netherlands and the Extended Concept of Security: The Rise of Security Strategies

    • Ernst Hirsch Ballin, Huub Dijstelbloem, Peter de Goede
    Pages 65-85Open Access
  6. Defence Policy in a Changed Security Environment

    • Ernst Hirsch Ballin, Huub Dijstelbloem, Peter de Goede
    Pages 87-117Open Access
  7. Strategic Strengthening of the Armed Forces

    • Ernst Hirsch Ballin, Huub Dijstelbloem, Peter de Goede
    Pages 119-144Open Access
  8. Interconnected Security: Conclusions and Recommendations

    • Ernst Hirsch Ballin, Huub Dijstelbloem, Peter de Goede
    Pages 145-162Open Access
  9. Back Matter

    Pages 163-183

About this book

This open access book follows the idea that security policy must be based on strategic analysis. Defence policy and the role of the armed forces can subsequently be determined on the grounds of said analysis. More than ever, internal and external security, and developments both in the Netherlands and abroad are interconnected. The world order is shifting, the cooperation within NATO and the EU is under pressure and the Dutch armed forces are gasping for breath. What is the task of Dutch security and the defence policy? There have been growing calls in the last few years to end the devastating cuts in the defence budget and to invest more in security. The acute threats and conflicts in which the Netherlands are involved have served as a wake-up call. The shooting down of Flight MH17 over Ukraine, the streams of refugees from Syria and other countries, the conflict with Da’esh in Syria and Iraq, and terrorist threats reveal how events in many of the world’s flash-points have a direct or indirect impact on the Netherlands. Conflicts in other countries have a spill-over effect in The Netherlands. This is illustrated by tensions between population groups and the clashes over the Gülen schools after the failed putsch in Turkey on 15 July 2016 and over the constitutional referendum in that country. How do we ensure that any additional funds are not divided amongst the branches of the armed forces without any sense of strategic direction? What should a future-proof security policy that plots the course of defence policy entail? What strategic analyses should lie behind the political choices that are made? This book answers these questions and offers a comprehensive framework addressing among other things human security, national security and flow security.


  • the interconnected world
  • online defence policy
  • international relations
  • security science and technology
  • integration and technology
  • Dutch defence policies
  • The Netherlands' positioning in Europe
  • human rights in The Netherlands
  • European integration
  • Open Access

Editors and Affiliations

  • WRR, Scientific Council for Government Policy, The Hague, The Netherlands

    Ernst Hirsch Ballin, Huub Dijstelbloem, Peter de Goede

About the editors

Ernst Hirsch Ballin is Distinguished University Professor at Tilburg University and, as Professor of Human Rights Law at the University of Amsterdam, President of the Asser Institute for International and European Law in The Hague. He was a member of the Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR, 2014–2019), and was subsequently appointed as consultative member of the council. He is also a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and of the Advisory Council on International Affairs (AIV). Ernst Hirsch Ballin was the Netherlands Minister of Justice (1989–1994, 2006–2010) and represented as such the Netherlands in the Council of the European Union for Justice and Home Affairs. He was also a member of Parliament (1994–1995 House of representatives, 1995–2000 Senate), followed by his appointment to the Council of State (2000–2006). In 1999/2000 he was a member of the Convention charged with drawing up the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights.

Huub Dijstelbloem is Professor of Philosophy of Science and Politics at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and Senior Researcher and Project Leader at the Scientific Council for Government Policy in The Hague (WRR). As a visiting scholar he was affiliated to the University of California San Diego (2014) and to the University of Mapoto’s Center for Policy Analysis (2010). He is involved in public debates about science, technology and democracy and is one of the initiators of Science in Transition His research is concerned with border control technologies, security policies and migration issues and has been published in various books, edited volumes and journals including Nature, Geopolitics, International Political Sociology, Security Studies, the Journal of Borderland Studies and the European Journal of Social Theory.

Peter de Goede is senior researcher at the Scientific Council for Government Policy (Wetenschappelijke Raad voor het Regeringsbeleid) in the Netherlands. He studied (comparative) political science at Radboud University in Nijmegen and worked at the same university as assistant professor in the Department of Public Administration. He obtained his doctorate at Leiden University with a thesis providing a comparative history of 80 years of public broadcasting policy in the Netherlands. Peter has also worked as a senior advisor at the Council for Public Administration (Raad voor het openbaar bestuur). 


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