Alexander Mattelaer

Vice-Dean for Research

Prof. Dr. Alexander Mattelaer is the Vice-Dean for Research and an Associate Professor in International Security at the Centre for Security, Diplomacy and Strategy (CSDS) of the Brussels School of Governance (BSoG-VUB). He is also a Senior Research Fellow at Egmont – the Royal Institute for International Relations – and chairman of the scientific committee of the Belgian Royal Higher Institute for Defence

At the Vrije Universiteit Brussel he teaches the courses 'International Security and Strategic Studies', 'Modern Diplomacy', and 'Political Structures and Processes of the European Union'. For three years he served as a visiting professor at the College of Europe in Bruges, where he taught on European Defence Cooperation and NATO. As a Fulbright Schuman fellow he completed research stays at Harvard University and at the National Defense University. 

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. His research interests include the politics of European integration, transatlantic relations and NATO, defence policy-making, and the ongoing redefinition of state sovereignty.

List of publications (on VUB publications platform)

Featured publications

Rethinking Nuclear Deterrence: A European Perspective

Published on 23.05.2022
Policy briefs

Readiness as a Mission: Implications for Belgian Defence

Published on 07.10.2021
Other Publications

Dealing with Russia - Towards a coherent Belgian policy

Published on 03.12.2020
Other Publications

The EU’s Strategic Compass and Its Four Baskets

Published on 20.11.2020
Other Publications

Articulating the logic of nuclear-sharing

Published on 14.10.2019
Other Publications

Fostering Belgo-German Connectivity in the Heart of Europe

Published on 10.05.2019
Other Publications


In the media

Poetin gebruikt kernwapens opnieuw als chantage

Posted on 22.02.2023
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VRT NWS journaal 19u

Posted on 13.10.2022
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NATO nuclear exercise in Belgium next week

Posted on 13.10.2022
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Waarom is deze NAVO-top zo historisch?

Posted on 29.06.2022
Videos & podcasts

Het westen wil dat moskou een lesje leert

Posted on 17.05.2022
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Wanneer valt Kiev?

Posted on 25.02.2022
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How long will our army hold out? (in Dutch)

Posted on 07.10.2021
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Can Taliban fighters also govern? (in Dutch)

Posted on 23.08.2021
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De dringende to-dolijst van Biden en Europa

Posted on 27.01.2021
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Alexander Mattelaer commenting on the TPNW

Posted on 22.01.2021
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NAVO schort haar missie in Irak op

Posted on 06.01.2020
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Brexit zet extra druk op formatiegesprekken

Posted on 17.12.2019
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