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.


23 November 2018
Kees van den Bos has been elected Psychology Lecturer of the Year 2018 by the students of the Department of Psychology of Utrecht University.
5 November 2018
Researchers of the Utrecht University School of Economics warn that fraud and the entwining of the underworld and straight world are on the rise.
Kees van den Bos
30 October 2018
Kees van den Bos investigates aspects including the willingness to report undesired behaviour and the follow-up support provided to whistle-blowers.
8 October 2018
In response to the release of her new book Beatrice de Graaf appeared in Trouw and DWDD, amongst others.
3 October 2018
Why People Radicalize, written by research social psychologist and law professor Kees van den Bos, explains how the radicalization process develops.