Monday, 15th April 2024 - Kenneth Lasoen speaks on: "How Counterintelligence and Counterdeception are Essential to the Fight”. Disinformation in a historical and practical context". 18:30 hrs onwards.

Au Vieux Saint Martin, Place du Grand Sablon, 1000 Brussels

Please confirm your attendance ASAP before 8th April by registering here.

We are  excited to welcome Kenneth to speak to the Society and its friends at the restaurant Au Vieux Saint Martin.  The event will be held upstairs in the first floor dining room. The restaurant is on the Sablon on the left going towards the Grand Place. All should register as soon as possible in order not to be disappointed, see below. Looking forward to seeing you there.

With so many upcoming elections, there is great concern about rampant disinformation influencing their outcomes, spread by hostile foreign actors. However, many initiatives to counter the phenomenon don’t seem to go much further than monitoring and lamenting the problem. Information operation practices are not new in international politics though, and perhaps in past techniques lie a more effective way of actually countering disinformation.

Members of the Society, members of our sister societies, and their guests are welcome.

Speaker's Bio

Kenneth LASOEN

Dr Kenneth LASOEN, former CamSoc VP and Professor of Intelligence at the University of Antwerp, will put the concept of disinformation in its historical and practical context to examine how age-old counterintelligence and counterdeception principles can help this fight.

Kenneth studied Ancient History at the universities of Ghent and Leuven (Belgium) and Intelligence and Security Studies at Brunel University London and the University of Cambridge (UK). He is also an alumnus of the High Studies in Security and Defence at the Belgian Royal Military Academy.

Since 2013 he researches security and intelligence, with a focus on counterintelligence, disinformation, offensive cyber operations, and a particular interest towards insider threat detection and mitigation. His research has been published in some of the foremost academic security journals, among which the Journal of Strategic Studies, Terrorism and Political Violence, Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, Intelligence and National Security, Studies in Intelligence,  International Journal of Intelligence and Counterntelligence, Journal of Intelligence History, Comparative Strategy and the Journal of Cold War Studies. His PhD investigated the Belgian intelligence and security services’ performance in the run up to the terrorist attacks of 2015-2016 in Paris and Brussels. He is the author of a best-selling book on the Belgian intelligence services. Professor Lasoen is a recognized voice on security matters in national and international media. He lectures on Intelligence and Security at the Political Science department of the University of Antwerp, and also teaches at certain European intelligence services.

Between 2018 and 2020 Kenneth was national security advisor to a Belgian political party, the Flemish social democrats, where he helped draft the national security and defence chapters of the current Belgian government’s coalition agreement. In 2022 Kenneth worked for Clingendael, the Dutch Institute for International Relations as a research fellow for security and defence, focused on intelligence, counter hybrid and cyber defence. He has been visiting professor at the University of Utrecht where he taught on counterinsurgency, and is now senior researcher at the Knowledge Centre Security Intelligence (


Included is a seated dinner where we have opted for a fixed menu with a vegetarian option. Wine, water and coffee or tea is included. There is also a cash bar.

Logistics, Registration and Payment


All members, guests and invitees are welcome if space allows. Preference is always given to full members and on a first-come first served basis:

  • 6:30 pm onwards (or before)  Participants will be welcome and may purchase refreshments. Participants may gather upstairs. Note entrance does not include drinks at the bar.
  • Approx. 7:00 pm we will commence dinner.
  • Following dinner, the speaker will deliver his speech and take questions.
  • After dinner, participants may informally discuss and meet the speaker.


Please confirm your attendance ASAP before 8th April by registering here.


  • Full Members - price per person €60
  • Guests and members of our sister societies - price per person €65

When having registered please make a bank transfer

Bank Transfer:
IBAN: BE26 0689 0251 7329, BIC: GKCCBEBB,
in the name of: “Cambridge Society of Belgium”,

memo: “<lastname> <firstname>, Cambridge Society Disinformation Event 15th April 2024”

Please do not request payment confirmation. 99.999% of electronic payments are received perfectly. Confirmation will be undertaken in batches