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About HCSS


The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies (HCSS) was established in 2007 as an independent think tank. The founder Prof. dr. Rob de Wijk started this organization with a small team of senior experts and analysts, being drawn in from organizations such as the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO), RAND, Clingendael, the Dutch Ministry of Defense and the United Nations. This team has been conducting strategic research and analyses on issues of international and national security and defense. We shape conceptual thinking into solution-oriented policy and operation recommendations with our partners.

Over the past years, HCSS has expanded its size, scope and reputation. It is now a well-known organization, linking the security domain to issues on social economic stability and ecological sustainability and considering potential effects and policy implications for many different stakeholders.

Mission statement

HCSS helps governments, non-governmental organizations and the private sector to understand the fast-changing environment and seeks to anticipate the challenges of the future with practical policy solutions and advice.

What we do

HCSS conducts its activities independently and in collaboration with its large network of affiliated experts. Our products are diverse: full-fledged reports, issue briefs, quick topic reports, and commentaries in the media. These products include strategic surveys, innovative policy recommendations, trend and scenario analyses, risk assessments, geopolitical and regional security analyses, conflict analyses, operational evaluations and identification of lessons learned. HCSS is also a platform for the exchange of ideas and development of new concepts and strategic insights.

Who we work for

HCSS works for public and private sector clients. For governments, national and international, we provide our entire range of services. The ministries of Security & Justice, Foreign Affairs, Defense are among our regular customers. In addition, we also provide analysis to international organizations such as the European Commission and NATO. For private sector customers (commercial and non-commercial organizations and associations) , we translate our strategic orientation to the business environment in order to contribute to their immediate goals and activities. These firms can be located in all possible sectors.

HCSS and Corporate Social Responsibility

HCSS is committed to corporate social responsibility. We believe that turnover, profits, and delivering high quality services for our clients are not the only pillars of a healthy business. As a company we also benefit from a healthy (social) environment. Our commitment to CSR means voluntarily investing expertise, person-hours, facilities and our network in worthwhile social causes and activities that benefit society. CSR activities are also embedded in HCSS’ human resource policy. With its CSR activities, HCSS aims to build a positive environment for its employees. HCSS engages in activities from which society benefits and that promote team spirit, the development of talents and skills of our employees, and that are fun and rewarding!

HCSS also makes its publications available to populations lacking internet access via the eGranary Digital Library, which offers a free off-line information store that delivers over 32 million educational resources to people living in underserved areas of the world.