Prof Dr Alexander Mattelaer is the director 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.
- Towards a Belgian position on Brexit: Actively reconciling national and European interests Egmont papers
- Integration vs Contestation? Belgian perspectives on the future of Europe Commentaries
- 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
- 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
- Why Belgium needs a Special Operations Command Security Policy Briefs
- Three plus one: a military level of ambition for Europeans Commentaries
- A crisis of democratic legitimacy? It’s about legitimation, stupid! European Policy Briefs
- State of defence in Europe: state of emergency? Egmont papers
- The Sahel crisis: where do European and African perspectives meet? Other publications
- 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