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Ukraine, Taiwan & The challenges of Deterrence in the era of Great Power Competition

Wednesday 9 February 2022
Turfmarkt 99
2511 DP Den Haag


During the guest lecture on 9 February Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, Rob de Wijk en Frans Osinga will discuss the situation in Ukraine and Taiwan. The crises in eastern Ukraine and the increasing tensions around Taiwan highlight the challenges the West faces in deterring aggression in the new era of key dynamics of deterrence strategy, the state of NATO deterrence post-2014, analyse the current complex politics of deterrence and discuss the consequences for security and defence policy in Europe.

Moderated by: Willemijn Aerdts


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Rob de Wijk

Rob de Wijk is Professor of International Relations at Leiden University. Besides that, he is also chairman of the National Security Think Tank (Denktank Nationale Veiligheid) and columnist for the national daily newspaper Trouw and monthly for Energiepodium.nl.

Jaap de Hoop Scheffer

Jaap de Hoop Scheffer is Professor Emeritus of International Relations and Diplomatic Practice (2009 - 2014). He graduated with an LL.M. degree at Leiden University in 1974. On 1 September 2009 De Hoop Scheffer was appointed to the Pieter Kooijmans Chair for Peace, Law and Security at Leiden University. De Hoop Scheffer focused on issues in the area of peace, law and security and also lectures in the field of international politics and the practice of diplomacy. In 2014 De Hoop Scheffer went into retirement.

Frans Osinga

Professor Dr. Frans Osinga holds the Special Chair in War Studies, which is sponsored by the KVBK (the Royal Society for war Studies) at ISGA of Leiden University since January 1st 2019.

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