For the past few centuries, security has been all about drawing lines: lines between nations (‘us’ and ‘them’), between public and private, between government departments, between security tasks, between time horizons, between scientific disciplines, etc.
Yet the nature of our environment is increasingly complex and non-linear. Our security governance structures, processes and mindsets will therefore have to become less linear and more network-like or even ecosystem-like.
Stephan will discuss some of these required changes and will present some early examples of the way in which a small European country, The Netherlands, now does security foresight, risk assessment and capability-planning with an increased focus on systemic resilience.
Stephan De Spiegeleire is currently Senior Defence Scientist at The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies, a prominent think tank in The Netherlands. He has been actively involved in that country’s major strategic reviews since 2006 - especially in the formulation and implementation of the 2007 National Security Strategy and the 2010 major Bottom-Up Defence Review. He was the lead subject matter expert for NATO’s last two major security foresight efforts: Multiple Futures (2009) and Strategic Foresight Analysis (ongoing); and was a key player in the European Defence Agency’s first ever wargame (2013). His main focus is on new approaches towards strategic planning for national security.
Stephan has worked at a number of influential transatlantic think tanks, including at the RAND Corporation (both in the US and in Europe) for 10 years, and at the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (1993-96) and the Western European Union’s Institute for Security Studies (1996-99). He also teaches at a number of European Defence academies and at Webster University in Leiden.
This presentation is part of the National Security College’s public seminar series.
The National Security College is a joint initiative of the Commonwealth Government and ANU.