JASON was founded in 1975 by Rio Praaning and Willem van Eekelen on a commitment to provide value-free and sophisticated insights on matters of international peace and security. After close collaboration with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs JASON, or Jong Atlantisch Samenwerkingsorgaan Nederland, was born.
During its initial years of existence the activities of JASON mainly focussed on peace and security issues within the Transatlantic domain. However as a result of the changing global geopolitical climate, JASON gradually expanded its scope to international security in the broadest sense of the word. Nowadays, JASON is one of the largest institutes within its discipline in the Netherlands.