Epidemics and Strategic Timing

June 24th 2015 - 14:00

In 2014, the Ebola virus caused an outbreak of unprecedented size in West Africa. The disease claimed over 10000 lives. For the first time ever, the virus led to diseased cases in developed economies, like Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

HCSS has produced a report into the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Based on close analysis of the events that befell Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea during 2014, Epidemics and Strategic Timing assesses the impact of variables on both efforts to prevent outbreaks of infection and facilitating intervention further down the line.

The report is part of the Strategic Monitor 2015, commissioned by the Dutch ministries of Foreign Affairs, Defense and Security and Justice.

You can download the report and the accompanying press release via the buttons on the right. 

Erik Frinking is Strategic Advisor Security and Cyber at HCSS. He holds a Master’s degree in Political Science from Leiden University. For almost twenty years, he has been involved in addressing high-level, complex policy issues for a wide variety of European countries and international organizations. Mr. Frinking worked for more than 13 years at the Leiden branch of the RAND Corporation, where he was director of the Education, Science & Technology, and Innovation program.
Frank Bekkers is Director of the Security Program. He studied Applied Mathematics at the University of Amsterdam and spent most of his career at the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO), specializing in the area of Defence, Safety & Security. At TNO, he held a range of positions, including program manager, senior research scientist, group manager and account director. From 1996-1997, he worked as program manager for Call Media and Intelligent Networks for the telecom company KPN. His current position at HCSS combines shaping HCSS’s portfolio concerning defense and security-related projects with hands-on participation in a number of key projects.
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.