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Tim Sweijs at Athens 2018 Crisis Management and Security Conference

November 14th 2018 - 11:41

Tim Sweijs presents today at the Athens 2018 Crisis Management and Security International Conference on the need to raise our crisis literacy: how can we relearn from the lessons from the Cold War, and adapt to current circumstances?

Tim will draw on the 2016 report Back to the Brink on the comeback of interstate crisis. Raising our crisis literacy requires greater investments in crisis informatics; a ‘hybrid’ ability to manage escalation through cross domain coordination; a solid grasp of one’s own vulnerabilities and of adversaries; a refined understanding of each other’s perceptions; the (re-)creation of a shared crisis grammar; a pro-active approach to address crisis instabilities; as well as the development of metrics of effectiveness for crisis intervention. For an introductory video of the Back to the Brink report, see below.

At the conference will also be speaking, amongst others: Prof. Jonathan Wilkenfeld, a founder of the International Crisis Behavior Project and Lt General Esa Pulkinen, Director General of the EU Military Staff. For more details see the conference website.

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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.