Jozias van Aartsen
Mayor The Hague
Chief Public Prosecutor
Beatrice de Graaf
Professor at Utrecht University
National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism
Professor of Public Institutions and Governance at the Department of Political Science, Leiden University
Professor in Terrorism and Counterterrorism at Leiden University and director of the Institute of Security and Global Affairs in The Hague
CMG OBE Director The Global Strategy Network and counter-terrorism expert
Jack Twiss Quarles
Director Intelligence, General Intelligence and Security Service
Paul van Musscher
Chief Constable of The Hague Regional unit
Paul van Tigchelt
Director of the Belgium Coordination Unit of the Treat Assessment (OCAD)
The mayor of The Hague is responsible for the portfolio of public order and safety. Mayors in the Netherlands are not elected but are appointed by the Crown.
Jozias Van Aartsen was born on 25 December 1947 in The Hague. He studied law at the Vrije Universiteit and was the personal secretary of the VVD (Dutch Liberal Party) party faction leader in the Dutch Lower House of Parliament (Tweede Kamer) from 1971 to 1974. Thereafter he became director of the Telders Foundation, the scholarly think tank of the VVD.
In 1979 he joined the Ministry of the Interior as Chef de Bureau of the Secretary General. From 1983 to 1985 he was Deputy Secretary General there and from 1985 to 1994 Secretary General himself at the Ministry of Interior.
Thereafter he became a member of parliament and served as Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Fisheries (1994-1998) and Minister of Foreign Affairs (1998-2002). In 2002 he again became a member of parliament, where he served as faction chairman of the VVD party from 2003 to 2006. He stepped down after his party showed a disappointing return in the municipal elections.
In 2006 Van Aartsen was asked by the European Commission to coordinate a European Union project to lay a gas pipeline from Azerbaijan to Austria.
On 27 March 2008 he was installed as Mayor of The Hague.
Jozias van Aartsen is married and has three sons.
Beatrice de Graaf (1976) is professor for the History of International Relations & Global Governance at Utrecht University. She studied Modern History and German language and culture at Utrecht and Bonn (1998, cum laude) and received her PhD from Utrecht University in 2004 (bestowed with the Max van der Stoel Human rights award). De Graaf was co-founder of the Centre for Terrorism and Counterterrorism at Leiden University, Campus The Hague in 2007, where she was appointed professor of Conflict and Security History in 2011. With an NWO VIDI/ASPASIA grant on 'The Making of a National Security State' and as fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS, on the topic of 'Terrorists on Trial') De Graaf contributed to the emerging research field of security history. Her book Evaluating Counterterrorism Performance (2011) was internationally ranked amongst the top 150 terrorism books. Her current research revolves around the project ‘Securing Europe, fighting its enemies, 1815-1914’ (awarded with an ERC consolidator grant in 2013).
De Graaf participates in international and national (scholarly) debates on terrorism and security, and frequently comments on matters of terrorism and security in the printed and broadcasted media. She is a member of numerous committees advising politicians and policy makers on matters of national and international security. De Graaf is a member of the European Council on Foreign Relations, science columnist of NRC Handelsblad. Together with Alexander Rinnooy Kan, de Graaf was appointed as chair of the Dutch National Science Agenda in 2015. In 2016, de Graaf was visiting fellow at St Catharine’s college, Cambrige University.
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Dick Schoof is the National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism. He has been since 1 March 2013. 'Security' has been a central focus of his career. As Director-General for the police, he was among other things responsible for setting up the National Police at the Ministry of Security and Justice and he was Director-General for Public Safety and Security at the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations.
Prior to this, he was Deputy Secretary-General of the Ministry of Justice and Director of the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND).
As National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorismhe is at national level ultimately responsible for the 'three Cs': Crisis Management, Counterterrorism and Cyber Security. With the purpose to prevent and minimise social disruption.
Schoof studied Planning at the University of Nijmegen.
Arjen Boin is a professor of Public Institutions and Governance at the Department of Political Science, Leiden University. Arjen has published widely on topics of crisis and disaster management, public leadership, and public institutions. His most recent books include The Politics of Crisis Management (Cambridge University Press, 2016), Governing after Crisis (Cambridge UP, 2008), Designing Resilience (Pittsburgh UP, 2010), MegaCrises (Charles C Thomas, 2012) and The EU as Crisis Manager: Patterns and Prospects (Cambridge UP, 2013). Arjen is a founding member of the European Societal Research Group and a Director of Crisisplan (an international crisis consultancy).
Edwin Bakker is a Research Fellow at ICCT, Professor of (Counter-)Terrorism Studies at Leiden University, and Director of the Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA) of that same university. He studied Economic Geography (Netherlands) and Political Geography (Netherlands and Germany). In 1997, he defended his PhD thesis on minority conflicts in Slovakia and Hungary. He taught classes in international policies on preventing and managing separatism and intra-state war in the Balkans at the Centre for International Conflict Analysis and Management (CICAM), Nijmegen University. Between 2003 and 2010 he was a fellow at the Netherlands Institute of International Relations 'Clingendael' where he headed the Clingendael Security and Conflict Programme (since 2007). His research interests are, amongst other, radicalisation processes, jihadi terrorism, unconventional threats to security, and crisis impact management.
Richard Barrett, Senior Advisor, is a former British diplomat and intelligence officer who from March 2004 to January 2013 headed the United Nations Monitoring Team concerning Al-Qaida and the Taliban. He is a recognized expert on violent extremism and the measures that can be taken against it. While at the United Nations, Mr. Barrett also helped found the United Nations Counter Terrorism Implementation Task Force (CTITF), a coordinating body that aims to ensure effective counter-terrorism cooperation within the United Nations system. Within the CTITF, he led Working Groups on terrorist use of the Internet and on countering the appeal of terrorism. He was also known for his work on countering the financing of terrorism. Before being appointed to head the Monitoring Team, Mr. Barrett worked for the British government in the Security Service (MI5), the Foreign Office and the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6). He was Director of Global Counter Terrorism Operations both before and after the 9/11 2001 attacks in the United States. He has served abroad in Canada, Jordan, Turkey, and the United States. Mr. Barrett is a board member of the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism in the Hague; the Transnational Crisis Project; the Center on Global Counterterrorism Cooperation in Washington; the Centre for Research and Security Studies in Islamabad, and the Center for the Study of United Nations Systems and the Global Legal Order in New York. He is a fellow of the New America Foundation, Washington, and of the Royal United Services Institute, London, and an adjunct Professor at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Mr. Barrett was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by HM The Queen in 1992 and a Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George (CMG) in 2013.
Jhr. Drs. J.R. (Jack) Twiss Quarles van Ufford; since May 2016 the Director Intelligence of the General Intelligence and Security Service. Between 2011 and 2016 he was the Foreign Policy and Defence Advisor at the Cabinet Prime Minister at the Ministry of General Affairs.
From 2009 to 2011 he was Head of Mission in Ramallah. Previously he was, amongst others, private secretary to the Minister of Development Cooperation and Head of Political Department in Washington.
Jack Twiss Quarles van Ufford studied Cultural Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam.
Paul van Musscher (1964) is the Chief Constable of Region The Hague Netherlands Police since 2013. The Hague is one of 10 regional units and consists of an area of more than 1200 km2 in which 1.7 million people live. Within this area are the cities of The Hague, Leiden, Delft and Zoetermeer alongside smaller municipalities and rural areas. Before this appointment Paul was leading all kind of police processes at different levels. He studied the Dutch Police Academy and finished his master study for Police Leadership in 2005.
Theatre evokes feelings
and makes things happen.
Theatre moves us.
The theatrical reading 'If only I had...' is part of the Oumnia Works training course and is also its opening module. The module consists of the reading itself, a subsequent discussion and an explanation of the follow-up to the training course.
The script is based on real experiences and stories of mothers. The names of the characters are changed. The reading's aim is to touch a chord in participants and make it possible to talk about the radicalisation of young people in a natural way, to engender an atmosphere of trust in the group, and to encourage the participants to follow the full training course.
The reading is a customised one and can be adapted, if necessary, to the composition of the group. That's why several different variants have been written: an Arabic version, a Turkish one, a Somali one, a multi-variant and one without music. Various music themes referring to the country of origin are used during the reading.