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PhD defence.

On 18 November I successfully defended my PhD-dissertation about counterterrorism effectiveness at Leiden University, which means that I can finally share my magnum opus with the rest of the world. The entire work as well as the individual chapters are available here. Also, there has been some Dutch media attention for my PhD research. See the media […]

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Summaries of dissertation and new article on North Korea.

As the public defence of my PhD-dissertation is nearing, I published an English and a more extensive Dutch summary on this website. Also, I recently published a new article (in Dutch) about North Korea. In this article, which was published on the website of the Post Online, I argue that North Korea is not as opaque and […]

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New article for Aspenia Online.

I recently wrote an article on North Korea for Aspenia Online. I argued that there is no point in trying to get the North Korean regime to abandon their nuclear ambitions. They have nothing to gain from a solution, because need the crisis atmosphere to wring concessions from the US and to maintain the sense of embattlement that is the cornerstone of […]

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Volkskrant-artikel over digitale spionage.

Onlangs heb ik op de website van de Volkskrant een artikel over het nut van digitale spionage gepubliceerd. Naar mijn idee laten de huidige geopolitieke crises zien dat de digitale verzamelwoede van de NSA weinig oplevert. Het artikel is onder een andere titel ook in De Morgen verschenen.

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Article on mass data collection and British intelligence

The new issue of the Italian international affairs journal Limes is out today. I contributed an article in which I’m arguing that the mass data collection as revealed by Edward Snowden is of little use in enhancing British national security. The article is in Italian, but I posted an English version on this website.

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Artikelen over ISIS en de terreurdreiging in Nederland

Terrorisme staat momenteel weer volop in de aandacht, vooral door het oprukken van ISIS in Irak en de toegenomen terreurdreiging tegen Nederland. Over beide onderwerpen heb ik vorige week een artikel gepubliceerd. Op de website van De Volkskrant leg ik uit dat waarom ik verwacht dat ISIS het kalifaat dat ze in Irak en Syrië […]

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