Alexander Mattelaer

Senior Research Fellow

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European Union, international security, defence policy-making


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.