Tectonic changes in the threat environment of liberal democracies demand new security arrangements and new philosophies of security. Western democracies are faced with a paradox: the political impetus to build a stronger national security state clashes with the reality that national governments have less capacity to effectively provide security. How do we balance security and privacy concerns in our modern world where big tech companies store personal data and governments are seeking new ways to establish a trusting relationship with their citizens? SOS offers an independent, interdisciplinary platform to bring together academia, professional actors and society on topics of security, terrorism and the rule of law.
This research analyzes the experiences of Western and especially Western European countries with the declaration of a state of emergency in response to terrorist threats, in the face of relevant lessons that can be derived from this for the Netherlands.