HSD Issue Brief no. 2: Safe cities, hot cities: Balancing security, economic vitality and livability

May 19th 2014 - 09:56

Many major global cities today are developing a recognizable international profile to become vibrant and attractive hubs to live, work and play. While some cities promote their architecture, quality of life, or the creativity of their industries for this purpose, the city of The Hague enhances its international reputation by emphasizing the presence of prominent international institutions.

This global standing has been further improved through the Nuclear Security Summit (NSS), the largest conference ever held in the city involving the most comprehensive security precautions ever seen on Dutch soil. Such international profiling initiatives yield a wide range of opportunities, but they also present risks as they impact local economic activity and urban livability.

The second HSD Issue Brief disentangles these concerns and dilemmas, and suggests ways to find a more effective balance between security and livability in cities. 

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Willem Oosterveld is a Strategic Analyst at HCSS. He holds degrees in political science, law and history, having studied in Amsterdam, Leiden, Paris, New York and Harvard. A former Fulbright scholar, he earned a PhD in the history of international law from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva.