How can we successfully manage security threats while at the same time protecting the democratic values we aim to defend?

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.


Prof. dr. Bas van Bavel.
21 June 2019
Economic historian professor Bas van Bavel has received the NWO Spinoza Prize of 2.5 million euros, the highest scientific distinction in the Netherlands.
31 May 2019
During the weekend of 10 to 12 May, students participated in a Bellingcat Bootcamp, organized by Residenties in Utrecht.
16 May 2019
Kees van den Bos spoke in various media about the tram attack in Utrecht.
Windmolenpark ©
13 May 2019
Kees van den Bos wrote in the Dutch newspaper 'Dagblad van het Noorden' about windmill activists.
13 May 2019
Kees van den Bos answered questions about radicalisation in a Dutch newspaper.