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.