Director of Research

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Dr. Tim Sweijs is the Director of Research at The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies. He is the initiator, creator and author of numerous studies, methodologies, and tools for horizon scanning, early warning, conflict analysis, national security risk assessment, and strategy and capability development. Tim has lectured at universities and military academies around the world. His main research interest concerns the changing character of contemporary conflict.

Tim is a Senior Research Fellow at the Netherlands Defence Academy and an Affiliate at the Center for International Strategy, Technology and Policy in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He also serves as an Adviser Technology, Conflict and National Interest to the UK Government’s Stabilisation Unit. Previously, he was a researcher at TNO Defence and Security in The Hague and at the research staff of NATO’s Parliamentary Assembly in Brussels. Tim holds degrees in War Studies (PhD, MA), International Relations (Msc) and Philosophy (BA) from King’s College, London and the University of Amsterdam.

His two most recent book projects are The Conduct of War in the 21st Century Kinetic, Connected and Synthetic (co-editor, Routledge 2021) and Deterrence in the 21st Century: Insights from Theory and Practice (co-editor, Asser-Springer, 2021). 

He is currently writing a book on coercive diplomacy and interstate crisis escalation over the past century (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming).   

Recent publications

The Conduct of War in the 21st Century. Kinetic, Connected and Synthetic, w / R Johnson & M Kitzen,  Routledge Advances in Defence Studies (2021).

Assessing Change and Continuity in the Character of War, w / R Johnson & M Kitzen, Routledge Advances in Defence Studies (2021) (open access)

Deterrence in the 21st Century—Insights from Theory and Practice, w / F Osinga, Asser-Springer (2021). (open access)

The Essence of Cross-Domain Deterrence. w / Samuel Zilincik, Asser-Springer (2021). (open access)