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Of ticking bombs: Western security services against political violence and terrorism, 1970-present

Tuesday 20 March 2018
Diplomacy and Global Affairs Research Seminar Series 2018
Turfmarkt 99
2511 DP The Hague


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About the lecture

Since the 1970s, Western intelligence and security services have dealt with political violence and terrorism. Most of the literature on intelligence and counterterrorism focuses on the American intelligence community. How European agencies are doing in this domain, has been the object of research to a far lesser extent. In this research project, therefore, attention will be paid to the way European intelligence communities have adapted to this changing horizon of national security threats. Which political, social, bureaucratic, managerial, operational, and mental factors played a role in this process? Attention will be paid to the way security services in the United Kingdom, (West) Germany, and the Netherlands have accepted political violence and terrorism as one of the objects of their attention and how they have developed activities to counter these threats, between 1970 and present. In this lecture, the project outline and preliminary ideas will be presented.

About the speaker

Dr. Constant Hijzen is an Assistant Professor in Intelligence Studies at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs and the Institute for History at Leiden University. He is head of the research group of Intelligence and Security of the Institute of Security and Global Affairs at Leiden University. He is also affiliated to the Institute for History of Leiden University. In his dissertation, he focused on the political, bureaucratic, and societal context of the Dutch security services. His postdoctoral research focuses on the institutionalization and formative years of intelligence and security services from a comparative and intelligence culture perspective.

About the seminars

Diplomacy and Global Affairs (DGA) Research Seminar Series is a series launched by the Research Group on Diplomacy and Global Affairs at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs. The seminars of internationally acknowledged guest researchers and faculty members deal with current research topics in diplomacy, international relations, global affairs, and political economy broadly conceived and target a broad audience through their interdisciplinary focus.

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