HCSS China Desk

November 6th 2019 - 13:54
HCSS China Desk

Our Mission

The focus of our work lies on the implications and consequences of China's rise on the international order and its repercussions for global peace, security, and prosperity. The HCSS China Desk is capable of linking regional knowledge (countries) and domain knowledge (military, cyber) with a specific perspective (international relations, strategic studies) through data driven analysis.


Understanding the New World Order: The Rise of China and the Future of the West

The rise of China is now one of the greatest issues of the twenty-first century. The country’s remarkable economic growth and proactive stance on the diplomatic front are already changing Asia, and the future will likely see even more Chinese influence and control. What does this mean for the existing world order? What will this mean for the West? Will China claim its dominance?  And what can the West do to maintain its position?

To help address and understand these new and complex challenges, The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies has launched the China Desk, where we gather our expertise and offer insights into the emergence of Beijing as a Global Power. Our experts are uniquely suited to the task, as the HCSS as has been conducting research on many aspects of China’s rise for years. The China Desk will provide independent and objective analyses and advice, for both the public and the private sector.


Training, dissemination and education

We have partnered with both national and international organizations. The Dutch Ministries of Security & Justice, Foreign Affairs, and Defense are among our regular customers. In addition, we also provide analysis to international organizations such as the European Commission and NATO.

The HCSS China Desk is open to requests from the private sector (commercial and non-commercial organizations and associations). Our specialists are skilled in identifying needs for dissemination, and can construct relevant trainings to fulfill your organization’s strategic goals and requirements. The HCSS China Desk can provide tailor-made learning programmes, lectures, conferences, roundtables, workshops, seminars and other academic events. These educational activities can be organized on site, or at our own conference facilities in The Hague.


Featured publications

For the past few years, HCSS experts have published numerous articles, full-fledged reports, issue briefs, strategic surveys, innovative policy recommendations, trend and scenario analyses, risk assessments, geopolitical and regional security analyses, conflict analyses, operational evaluations on the subject of China.

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Asking the right questions: meet our experts

The China Desk is comprised of in-house subject matter experts, analysts and other independent researchers, consultants and specialized scientists associated with HCSS in both the Netherlands and abroad. Our years of experience have provided us with a unique and genuine understanding and the necessary know-how on the impact of China and its role in the current global power shifts.

Rob de Wijk is the founder of The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies (HCSS) and Professor of International Relations and Security at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs at Leiden University. He studied Contemporary History and International Relations at Groningen University, and wrote his PhD dissertation on NATO’s ‘Flexibility in Response’ strategy at the Political Science Department of Leiden University.
Dr. Alexander Klimburg is currently the Director of the Cyber Policy and Resilience Program at The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies and the Director of the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace Initiative and Secretariat. He is also a Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and an Associate Fellow at the Austrian Institute of European and Security Policy. 
Paul Verhagen is a data scientist at HCSS, and holds a Master’s degree in Environment and Resource Management from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree at Amsterdam University College majoring in theoretical physics and philosophy. Paul has attended exchange programs in Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai. Prior to joining HCSS, Paul interned at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs where he worked on global cyber capacity.
Joris Teer is a Strategic Analyst at HCSS. He is also a member of the Peace and Security Committee (CVV) of the Advisory Council on International Affairs (AIV). Teer is particularly interested in the geopolitics of the energy transition. His research of Chinese foreign policy focuses on Europe-China relations, China’s relations with the Middle East, China’s energy transition and Chinese public diplomacy and soft power.
Richard Ghiasy is an advisor and widely cited researcher on Asian geopolitics and geoeconomics revolving around China and India. He also examines EU-China relations, great power competition, particular international security affairs, and Afghanistan. In his 15-year career, he has provided policy advice to inter alia the EEAS, European Commission, Ministries across Europe and Asia, the OSCE, and OECD. Frequently, his work has a conflict preventive nature.
Friso Stevens is a China and East Asian affairs specialist at The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies, and a fourth-year doctoral scholar at the Leiden University Institute of Security and Global Affairs. Friso studies the relationship between China’s bureaucratic and elite politics, and changes in its foreign policy, operating on the nexus between international security studies, strategy, and China studies.
Jonathan Holslag (1981) works on international politics and Asian affairs. In 2015, Singapore’s Straits Times named him one of Europe’s most influential Asia experts. Jonathan has written over 40 academic papers and several books, translated into many languages. His latest works include: A Political History of the World (Penguin, 2018) and Silk Road Trap (Polity, 2019). He lectures at the Free University Brussels as well as several other universities and defense academies. He was appointed Special Advisor to the first Vice-President of the European Commission, Benelux Director of the Trilateral Commission, and took several other advising positions. Jonathan serves as a reserve officer with the Belgian Armed Forces.
Ardi Bouwers is a Sinologist and director of the consultancy China Circle, specialized in intercultural communication and media. She is the author of a book about communication between Chinese and Dutch people Cirkels en rechte lijnen (2016, in Dutch). She teaches on China in the 21st century at Amsterdam University College and on intercultural communication at Xiamen University.
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.