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June 9th 2017 - 12:19

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About PROGRESS Strategic Monitor:

In order to remain on top of the rapid changes ongoing in the international environment, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Defence conduct research on global trends and risks. Analysis conducted within the framework of the Strategic Monitor is the crucial first step in developing effective policies. 

As part of the PROGRESS Strategic Monitor research, strategic monitoring and foresight focusses on geopolitics, the region around Europe, Europe and the EU, foreign policy and security and defence, in order to identify blind spots and better prepare for possible events or upcoming trends. The Strategic Monitor is designed to make optimal use of external expertise on strategic topics. 

Brought to you jointly by the The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies (HCSS) and the Clingendael Institute, the Strategic Monitor will provide for on-going analysis of relevant trends and general and specific foresight exercises. The activities in the framework of the Strategic Monitor will be used to develop and improve the Strategic Monitor and to increase its policy relevance and visibility.

The research for the Strategic Monitor consists of Monthly Alerts, Strategic Alerts, Scenario Studies, Trend Reports and the Annual Strategic Monitor Report. An overview of all documents can be found here. For the HCSS StratMon report of 2016, click here.

Karlijn Jans is a strategic analyst at HCSS. She holds a Master’s degree in European Studies specializing in German politics from King’s College London and a Master’s degree in European and International Law from Maastricht University. Her geographical expertise includes Europe and the transatlantic sphere. Ms. Jans further specialized in defense and security policies while studying as a visiting student at the Netherlands Defense Academy. Prior to her position at HCSS she worked as a policy advisor at the TNO’s EU office in Brussels. 

Tim Sweijs is a Senior Strategist. 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, and capability development. He has led multicenter research projects for both private and public sector organizations – including the European Commission and various European governments.