Drs. C.W. (Constant) Hijzen

  • PhD candidate
  • National security
  • Intelligence communities / intelligence history
  • Centre for Terrorism and Counterterrorism

Telephone number: +31 (0)70 800 9506
E-Mail: c.w.hijzen@fgga.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit Governance and Global Affairs, Instituut Security and Global Affairs, Terrorism and political violence
Office Address: Wijnhaven
Turfmarkt 99
2511 DP Den Haag
Room number 4.33
Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 2159
E-Mail: c.w.hijzen@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Institute for History, Geschiedenis diversen
Office Address: Johan Huizingagebouw
Doelensteeg 16
2311 VL Leiden
Room number 1.72a

Mobile number

+31 (0)6-24707174

Fields of interest

- National security
- Terrorism and counterterrorism
- Study of intelligence
- Political history
- International Relations
- Performativity / discourse analysis


My dissertation is part of the VIDI-Project of Dr. Beatrice de Graaf, entitled “Enemies of the state: the making of the national security state, 1945-2001”. In this project we investigate the construction of the national security state between 1945 and 2001 in the United States, the Netherlands and West-Germany (and Italy, Beatrice de Graaf), from both an international and a comparative perspective. The point of departure of this project is that in these postwar national security states, there were no ‘objective’ threats, but that these were representations of threats. The process of constructing these threats is the main focus of our research. I will concentrate on the role of intelligence and security services in this process.

Curriculum vitae

Leiden University, History MA (drs.)

Université Marc Bloch (Strasbourg II), social history

Center for Government Studies, Leiden University, Researcher and consultant  

The Kennisland Foundation (an Amsterdam based independent thinktank), Researcher and consultant    
Centre for Terrorism and Counterterrorism (Campus Den Haag, Leiden University), PhD Student

Last Modified: 10-12-2015