UPDATE 12 OCTOBER 2023: registration is now closed, the conference is fully booked. The schedule and conference booklet can be found at Schedule. Abstracts of keynotes can be found at Keynotes.

Registration is now open visit the Registration page! T Limited seats available, register early to ensure a seat.


I wish you all a warm welcome to the Netherlands Intelligence Studies Association (NISA) International Conference 2023 on intelligence studies and progress to be held Wed/Thu 25-26 October 2023 at the Public Library Amsterdam main building.

The Amsterdam Public Library is the worlds leading library with the most modern information services which has outstanding conference facilities, excellent car park and within easy walking distance from Amsterdam Central Station.

We aim to bring together academics, (former) practitioners and others who take an interest in intelligence and security. The NISA International Conference 2023 includes a broad variety of disciplines and topics. The main themes are geopolitics, intelligence culture and digital transformation of intelligence and security services. Around these themes the conference is organised with plenary sessions, papers, panels, workshops, breakout tracks and roundtables.

Keynote speakers (in order of appearance):

  • Major General Jan Swillens, Director of the Defence Intelligence & Security Service (MIVD)
  • Dr. Mark Galeotti, Political scientist, expert on Russian security affairs, honorary professor at UCL SSEES and director of Mayak Intelligence.
  • Dr.Ir. Patricia Damen, Former head of the Joint Sigint Cyber Unit (JSCU) of AIVD & MIVD.
  • Dr. Ryan Shaffer, academic & editor of the Handbook of African Intelligence Cultures and the Handbook of Asian Intelligence Cultures.

On behalf of NISA, I’d like to wish you all a productive and pleasant conference in Amsterdam!

Constant Hijzen
NISA Chairman