HCSS Annual Report 2020

December 24th 2020 - 14:31

The year 2020 is one to remember. The corona crisis changed the world at an unprecedented rate and many developments are still ongoing. Existing trends are accelerating, geopolitical relations are under pressure and the way we travel, work and spend our free time has changed radically.

This Annual Report contains food for thought, as we focus on some of the 2020 highlights and on future developments in the world. This can help us to look ahead to a brighter future beyond the gloom of the daily headlines.

At HCSS we do not pretend to know the future, to solve all highly complex problems with our analyses, or to instantaneously improve the relations between nations or mankind in an age of technology breakthroughs. But we expect that our fact-based analyses contribute to an increased understanding of the future path of the world and to provide ideas of how governments, businesses, individuals, and all of us can help to make this world a better and safer place to live in.

The HCSS team wishes you a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

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Patrick Willemsen is the Communications Officer of HCSS, in charge of all communication, PR, publications, social media and press contacts, as well as special projects such as the BNR podcast De Strateeg, Studio HCSS and the RAS documentary.
Louk Faesen is Strategic Analyst at the Cyber Policy and Resilience Program of the Hague Centre for Strategic Studies. He mainly focuses on international peace and security in cyberspace, norms of responsible state and non-state behavior, and confidence-building measures (CBMs) in cyberspace. Louk functions as the Project Manager of the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace (GCSC), a multi-stakeholder initiative launched at the 2017 Munich Security Conference by the Foreign minister of the Netherlands that brings together leading experts from all major cyber powers and regions to help develop norm and policy initiatives related to international peace and security in cyberspace.
Lotje Boswinkel is a Strategic Analyst at HCSS. Prior to joining, she worked as a trainee at the European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS), focusing on the Middle East, the future of war, and the implications of COVID-19 for European foreign policy.