Prof Dr Alexander Mattelaer is the Senior Research Fellow of the European Affairs programme at Egmont – the Royal Institute for International Relations – and an assistant professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.
His research interests include the politics of European integration, the Brexit negotiation process, defence policy and NATO, and the ongoing redefinition of state sovereignty. He is also a visiting professor at the College of Europe in Bruges and a senior editor of the online magazine European Geostrategy. Earlier he was the Assistant Director at the Institute for European Studies as well as a Fulbright Schuman fellow at Harvard University and at the National Defense University.
He sits on the scientific committee of the Belgian Royal Higher Institute for Defence and on the board of the United Nations Association Flanders/Belgium.
His teaching portfolio includes courses on the European Union, international security, and defence policy-making.
He obtained his PhD in Political Science from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Master degrees from the University of Bath and the University of Leuven.
- Nuclear weapons in Belgium: calls for disarmament need to consider the impact on national security Commentaries
- Fostering Belgo-German connectivity in the heart of Europe European Policy Briefs
- The resurgence of bilateral diplomacy in Europe Egmont papers
- Endorsing Brexit or preparing for ‘No Deal’? A Belgian perspective European Policy Briefs
- Why the F 35 represents a strategic choice for Belgium Commentaries
- F-35 best choice for national security strategy Commentaries
- Le lien transatlantique, la prospérité de la Belgique et la cohésion européenne : une synthèse Commentaries
- De trans-Atlantische relatie, Belgische welvaart en Europese cohesie: een synthese Commentaries
- State of the Union Commentary: From political to indispensable Commission? Commentaries
- Rediscovering geography in NATO defence planning Other publications
- If the EU is Trump’s Foe, the EU should address Trumpism within Europe Commentaries
- Which role for the Benelux post-Brexit? Other publications
- Exploring the boundaries of conditionality in the EU European Policy Briefs
- Belgian Defence in 2018: Regeneration time? Security Policy Briefs
- A strong and united European core Other publications
- Why Belgium needs a Special Operations Command Security Policy Briefs
- EUnity of command – The planning and conduct of CSDP operations Egmont papers
- Europe rediscovers peacekeeping? Political and military logics in the 2006 UNIFIL enhancement Egmont papers
- Towards a Belgian position on Brexit: Actively reconciling national and European interests Egmont papers
- State of defence in Europe: state of emergency? Egmont papers
- The Sahel crisis: where do European and African perspectives meet? Other publications
- Integration vs Contestation? Belgian perspectives on the future of Europe Commentaries
- Sharing the burden of keeping Europe whole, free and at peace Other publications
- The case for more Europe in the Alliance Commentaries
- Brexit as impetus for a new Europe? Other publications
- Europe’s post-Brexit retrenchment Commentaries
- Three plus one: a military level of ambition for Europeans Commentaries
- A crisis of democratic legitimacy? It’s about legitimation, stupid! European Policy Briefs
- Strategic Autonomy and the Defence of Europe. Country Study: Belgium Other publications
- New Pact for Europe – National Report of Belgium. Belgium and the EU : matching rhetoric and commitment Other publications