AbiThe past six months have been a time of exciting activity and rapid growth for The Hague Institute. In a short period, we have launched several major initiatives and brought on board key new staff to join our roster of experts in the fields of peace and justice. It is my pleasure to introduce some new colleagues in this edition of the magazine, and to highlight a range of our ongoing work.

I am particularly proud of the progress that has been made in strengthening the Institute’s convening power. The pursuit of peace and justice is, at its essence, an enterprise which depends on breaking down barriers. In our own work, not only does this mean that our research is interdisciplinary, building on the academic backgrounds of our experts in law, political science, international relations, sociology and natural sciences, it also means that we seek to bring together representatives of different sectors to engage in discussion. Given the global challenges of the 21st century, reaching out to new partners in this way will be crucial to solving collective problems.

The Hague Institute provides a platform for informed analysis to reach a wider audience, and for ideas to be exchanged between policymakers, business leaders, civil society leaders and academics. To this end, we recently launched The Hague Roundtable Series, which seeks to provide an informal off-the-record setting for leading experts to discuss issues of contemporary relevance. Roundtables are not only an opportunity for cross-fertilization of ideas, but they also result in policy relevant recommendations, presented through The Hague Institute’s new policy brief series.

Good ideas deserve a hearing not only from insiders, but also from the wider public. It is with this core belief in mind that The Hague Institute launched, in Fall 2013, a Distinguished Speaker Series, which provides a platform for world leaders, notable thinkers and other inspirational experts to engage with the community of diplomats, academics, entrepreneurs and international legal experts here in The Hague. Two of our recent speakers, Peter Sutherland and Admiral (ret.) Jim Stavridis, expand on the arguments they offered at the Institute in this edition of Intersections.

The Institute has established itself as an organization which produces ideas and analysis of relevance to the international community, but also seeks to provide support to policymakers here in the Netherlands, an important actor in world affairs. That was the rationale behind the Institute’s recent Inside View Series, which examined the effectiveness of Dutch foreign policy. The dialogue was bipartisan and illuminating. It was another example of the value in convening those who do not always see eye to eye, and opening up debate as widely as possible.

The Hague Institute will continue to bring together ‘thinkers’ and ‘doers’ with the aim of ensuring the best ideas find their way into the policy process. In such a way, we will contribute to strengthening the international framework for preventing conflict and fostering peace.

I look forward to welcoming you to one of our upcoming events and hope you enjoy this edition of Intersections.

Dr. Abi Williams, President
The Hague Institute for Global Justice
January 2014

Intersections Issue 2Highlights:

•Column: ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda
•Interview: Admiral (ret) James Stavridis
•Current Work: Global Governance Reform Initiative
•Convening Power: Distinguished Speaker Series
•Migration: Peter D. Sutherland

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A biannual magazine, Intersections highlights news and projects from The Hague Institute and features expert analysis on topics related to peace, security and justice.