JASON Institute Conference 2022:

Faces of Conflict: Security Challenges in a Changing World

Over 45 years ago the JASON Institute for Peace and Security Studies was established to inform students and young professionals on matters of international peace and security.

After months of hard work and preparations, we held our annual conference on the 21st of October with this year’s theme being: Faces of Conflict – Security Challenges in a Changing World and what a success it was! We are happy to look back on an amazing day with great speakers who provided us with interesting discussions during our seminars as well as the enthusiasm of all of our attendees. For all of you who joined us, we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did and we’d love to see you again either at one of our events hosted by the JASON Activities Committee (AC) or at next year’s conference!

Photos & Aftermovie

Check out all of the pictures taken at the conference in the news post section which is further below!

Conference News


Willemijn Aerdts is a lecturer-researcher teaching the Intelligence Studies minor at the Institute for Security and Global Affairs of Leiden University and a General Board Member of the JASON Institute for Peace and Security Studies.

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Frans Osinga

Air Commodore Royal Netherlands Air Force, Professor of Military Operational Sciences at the Netherlands Defence Academy and Special Chair in War Studies at ISGA of Leiden University which is sponsored by the KVBK.

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Sabine Mengelberg

Assistant Professor at the Netherlands Defence Academy.



Nuclear Weapons: From Atom to (In)Action

In this session you will learn more about the consequences and implications that nuclear weapons pose for our society. What are the efforts the nations and governing bodies around the world are doing for non-proliferation? 

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Marjolijn van Deelen

EU Special Envoy For Non-Proliferation and Disarmament at the European External Action Service (EEAS)

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Susi Snyder

Financial Sector Coordinator for ICAN, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons


Disinformation in the Information Age

In this session you will learn more about the consequences of disinformation and its impact on conflicts (e.g. the war in Ukraine).

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Gwenda Nielen

Director of Tilt and former Lieutenant-colonel in the Dutch Armed Forces

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Katria Tomko

Senior Intelligence & Policy Analyst at The Global Disinformation Index (GDI)


Gone and Forgotten? Frozen Conflicts in the Caucasus

In this session, two experts will look into frozen conflicts – a rather overlooked subject within IR – in the Caucasus and explore the dynamics behind these type of conflicts.

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Françoise Companjen

Cultural anthropologist with a focus on the Caucasus and Georgia in particular and manager of Caucasus Interconnect.

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Natalia Mirimanova

Conflict resolution scholar-practitioner with over 25 years of work experience (e.g. UN, OSCE) in Russia, South Caucasus, Central Asia and Eastern Europe.

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Fake news, nuclear weapons and geopolitical conflicts are all topics we see in the news almost everyday. The current era we live in has often been named “The Information Age” mainly due to how accessible information is nowadays. Hence, in this special conference podcast we delve deeper into the history, myths and current applications of Open Source Intelligence (OSINT). Dr. Ludo Block, a fellow researcher at the Intelligence minor of Leiden University with a background in law enforcement and structured analytic techniques for intelligence analysis, joins us to give his professional opinion and input on current developing issues on the world. 

In case you’re interested to learn more about the current information age and the complexities (e.g. disinformation) that come with it, then make make sure to buy a ticket for our upcoming conference at Sociëteit De Witte in The Hague on the 21st of October! The price of one ticket is €5.00 which includes lunch, a goodie bag and borrel and you can buy them via our webpage (link below). We hope to welcome many of you soon! 


We hope to see you again next year!

Frequently Asked Questions

After filling in the registration form on this website, you will be redirected to the payment portal. Once you paid, you are able to download your ticket in PDF format and you will receive a confirmation email in your inbox. In case this does not happen and you have checked your spam folder, please reach out to us by mailing: pr@stichtingjason.nl 

The conference will take place at Sociëteit De Witte in The Hague, on the 21st of October from 12:00-17:00.

📍 Plein 24, 2511 CS Den Haag

The event will not be recorded. However, an aftermovie will be produced which may feature recorded segments of the conference and testimonials of our speakers. This video will later become available on our Youtube Channel as well as our conference page and socials. 

Please note that all contributions of our speakers will be in English.

No, the cost of this conference is €5 per person. This will cover all the catering provided at the event as well as the commemorative goodie bag you will receive upon your arrival. 

Yes! Unlike our conference last year, all attendees will follow all seminars. 

For the purpose of this conference, we have invited esteemed experts in the various fields to share their expertise and knowledge on the proposed themes. Thus, in respect towards them we do not advise attendees to leave during the conference – but we cannot force anyone of course. 

All the latest information is posted on our socials on a regular basis. You can find the JASON Institute on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram. In addition, video materials like recordings and aftermovies are also available via our YouTube account. For any general information about us, please check out our renewed website: http://maartenv18.sg-host.com