There is a growing appetite for using strategic foresight, including in the field of security and foreign policy. Strategic foresight is about exploring the future, and to identify the challenges and opportunities that emerge from it. It helps to improve your capacity to think about the future in a structured and systematic way.
In this highly interactive course, we will explore how we can use foresight tools to better prepare for change in the national security domain. Participants will be introduced to the various methods used in foresight, including scenario building and scenario planning, domain mapping and horizon scanning. We will take a closer look at how these are used in the context of national security and national risk assessments by using concrete examples and case studies (such as the current COVID-19 pandemic).
Minke Meijnders has worked for the Netherlands Institute of International Relations, “Clingendael”, where she was part of the Strategic Foresight team. She is the author of several foresight studies that served as input for the Dutch national and international security strategies. In Canada, she worked as a foresight consultant at Policy Horizons, the foresight organization of the Canadian government, where she was involved in research on Covid-19, as well as the Future of Technological Leadership.
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Minke Meijnders is an expert in Strategic Foresight, focusing on geopolitics, geo-economics and international security issues. She is a former Research Fellow at the Clingendael Institute, the leading think tank on international relations in the Netherlands. In this function, she co-headed the Strategic Foresight Programme of the Security Unit and was part of the Dutch Network of Safety and Security Analyst. In Canada, she worked as an external consultant at Policy Horizons, the foresight deparment of the where she is involved in Foresight on Covid-19, as well as Technological Leadership. Ms. Meijnders has a background in International Politics and International Security Studies.