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The relationship between external and internal security

16 Feb 2015 - 10:37
Bron: Photograph: Frontex

The relationship between external and internal security is increasingly being recognised. What does the intertwined nature of external and internal security mean for Dutch security policy? What are the most relevant risks and threats, now and in the future? What capabilities are required in civilian and military terms and in terms of the coordination of these capabilities? What effect is the steadily increasing Europeanisation of internal security having on these national policy components?

These questions are being addressed in this study. It concentrates on four specific policy areas in which external and internal security overlap, namely immigration, terrorism, cross-border crime and cybercrime. In addition, specific attention is devoted to four partner countries (Belgium, Germany, France and the United Kingdom) in order to make comparisons with the situation in the Netherlands.

This study has already been published in Dutch as part of the larger Clingendael Strategic Monitor 2014 (Een wankele wereldorde: Clingendael Strategische Monitor 2014, edited by Jan Rood) in the context of the Clingendael Strategic Monitor Project. A Clingendael Monitor is published yearly and is commissioned by the Dutch government.