Dear AC­CESS read­ers

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The AC­CESS e-zine is not a cur­rent af­fairs mag­a­zine. Our aim and pur­pose re­main cov­er­ing topics which in­form in­ter­na­tion­als about Dutch-re­lated sub­jects in or­der to ease their set­tle­ment in the Nether­lands. If not yet able to com­mu­ni­cate with Dutch neigh­bours or ac­quain­tances in Dutch – per­haps on a Dutch sub­ject mat­ter, en­gage­ment can be made. At least, that is how we ap­proach our topics.

Yet, with the im­pend­ing Nu­clear Se­cu­rity Sum­mit about to take place around the cor­ner from our of­fice, we could not avoid delv­ing into a very cur­rent theme: se­cu­rity. It is a sub­ject, which in one way or an­other, touches us all in this in­creas­ingly in­ter­con­nected global world, and ev­ery day not only are ‘threats’ re­ported on, but so too are ‘so­lu­tions’. One of these ‘so­lu­tions’ is also tak­ing place on our doorstep in The Hague. Karen Slin­gen­berg in­tro­duces us to the in­no­va­tive and fast grow­ing ac­tiv­i­ties of the Hague Se­cu­rity Delta, sure to make sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tions to how we can pro­tect our­selves bet­ter in the face of cy­ber­crime.

As is our habit we then go with the theme of choice and ex­plore a few other some­what re­lated sub­jects: such as chil­dren and their se­cu­rity on the in­ter­net; and, since this is all tak­ing place in The Hague, we in­vited an in­trepid ex­plorer to share with us some of the City’s hid­den trea­sures. The im­pact of feel­ing in­se­cure is also ex­plored in our Health item.

Not ev­ery­thing is se­cu­rity-re­lated in this is­sue, so we are sure the other topics cov­ered by our team of vol­un­teer writ­ers, in­clud­ing the items in the What’s On sec­tion, will pro­vide some es­cape from think­ing only of our own sense of se­cu­rity and well-be­ing.

Deb­o­rah Valen­tine Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor AC­CESS ac­cess.ex­ec­u­tivedi­rec­tor@gmail.com

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