Bruno Hellendorff

Joint Research Fellow (Egmont-EPC)

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China’s Belt and Road initiative, EU-Asia relations, Southeast Asia (Indonesia), Defence, non-proliferation, maritime security


Bruno Hellendorff is Joint Research Fellow at the Egmont Institute and European Policy Centre (EPC) since 2018. His research focuses on the geo-economics and security dimensions of China’s Belt and Road initiative, as well as on defence and security issues in Europe-Asia relations (non-proliferation, maritime security).

He is associate researcher at the IR center of the Université Catholique de Louvain (CECRI) and at the East Asian Studies center (EASt) of the Université Libre de Bruxelles. Prior to joining the Egmont Institute and EPC, he set up and coordinated a research programme dedicated to issues of “Peace and Security in Asia-Pacific” at the Group for Research and Information on Peace and Security (GRIP), a Brussels-based independent research centre.

He has worked and published on many Asia-related academic, research and policy projects for various institutional partners, including international academic consortiums (EU COST program…), international organisations (including EU institutions) and various national ministries (defense, foreign affairs, etc.). He contributed to various international forums such as the EU-ASEAN High Level Dialogue (HLD) on Maritime Security Cooperation (2013, 2015) and EU CSCAP meetings. He was member of the Korea-Europe Next Generation Policy Expert Forum (2016). In 2017-2018, he contributed to the scientific preparation of the exhibition “Archipel: Les Royaumes de la Mer”, in the framework of the Europalia festival.

He regularly comments Asian defense affairs in Belgian media, and teaches as guest lecturer or Professor in several higher education institutions.

The list of his publications prior to joining Egmont is available here.