Based on: Op de bres voor de rechtsstaat in het Verzet en bij de BVD. Ad de Jonge 1919-2002. Amsterdam: Panchaud (2020). 551 pages. To be published on 02 December 2020. [In defense of democracy: in the Resistance and with the security service BVD. Ad de Jonge 1919-2002.].
If COVID-19 teaches us one thing, it is that today's crises are insidious and unpredictable. This poses new challenges for public leaders, who constantly have to seek a balance between "doing too much, too soon" or "doing too little, too late".
Special Professor of Governance of Intelligence and Security Services, Paul Abels has brought out a new book, called Spionkoppen: spy chiefs. A prosopographic study into the leadership of Dutch security services from 1949 until the present, it presents eleven portraits of Dutch spy chiefs.