Pushing the Boundaries

June 23rd 2015 - 10:00

With the annexation of Crimea in 2014 by Russia, the idea that territorial conflict is something of the past was suddenly upended. Indeed, it turns out that on closer inspection, it is much more prevalent than is often thought, and plays an important role in explaining many interstate conflicts around the world.

To examine this phenomenon and to reflect on its implications for defense organizations, The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies (HCSS) has produced a report on territorial conflicts taking place worldwide. The report, Pushing the Boundaries, analyses where such conflicts are located, what their attendant factors are and what the triggers are that lead to escalation, for example assessing when ‘frozen conflicts’ could descend into actual violence. This analysis forms part of the Strategic Monitor 2015, commissioned by the Dutch ministries of Defense, Foreign Affairs, and Security and Justice.

The report and the accompanying press release can be downloaded via the buttons on the right. 

Stephan De Spiegeleire is Principal Scientist at HCSS. He has Master’s degrees from the Graduate Institute in Geneva and Columbia University in New York, as well as a C.Phil. degree in Political Science from UCLA. He worked for the RAND Corporation for nearly ten years, interrupted by stints at the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik and the WEU’s Institute for Security Studies. Mr. De Spiegeleire started out as a Soviet specialist, but has since branched out into several fields of international security and defense policy. His current work at HCSS focuses on strategic defense management, security resilience, network-centrism, capabilities-based planning, and the transformation of defense planning.
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.
Dr. Willem Theo Oosterveld is a non-resident senior fellow at HCSS. His areas of expertise include the politics of the Middle East, conflict analysis and peacebuilding, as well as law and development. He holds degrees in political science, international law, and history, having studied in Amsterdam, Leiden, Paris and New York, and was a visiting fellow at Harvard University. A former Fulbright scholar, he earned a PhD from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland.