Ties Dams

Research Fellow


  • Europe in the World
  • Asia
  • Trade and Globalisation
  • New Silk Road


  • Asia

Ties Dams is a Research Fellow at the Clingendael Research, having joined in 2019 to help set-up the Clingendael China Centre. His research focuses on grand strategy, international political thought, Europe-China relations, and the geopolitics of the Silk Road. In 2018 he published the first Dutch language monograph on the life and rule of president Xi Jinping, titled De Nieuwe Keizer (“The New Emperor”). It quickly became a bestseller. He frequently appears on radio and TV as a geopolitical expert. He lectures on grand strategy at the University of Amsterdam and is a popular public speaker.

Ties studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Utrecht University (BA, magna cum laude), Mandarin in Hong Kong, Xiamen and Beijing, and Political Theory at University College London (MA). At university, he was a visiting researcher at Clingendael, writing on China’s international ideological strategy. Since then, he worked in various capacities for Dutch government. Next to his position at Clingendael, he runs his own strategic advisory firm, Aleph. His clients are, amongst others, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. Ties speaks English (fluent), Mandarin (conversational).

Read his article in the Clingendael Spectator (our magazine), the winner of the OPEN Call-essay competition by De Balie and Stichting Amsterdams Comité 4 en 5 Mei

The real danger of Europe's decay

My work



China Centre

China's Arctic strategy in Iceland and Greenland

04 June 2020 - 10:49

Covid-19 and Europe-China Relations

29 April 2020 - 10:23
Europe in the World

Gaming the new security nexus

21 November 2019 - 13:13
Europe in the World

The Arctic Elephant: Europe & geopolitics of the high north

14 November 2019 - 15:02
Europe in the World

Podcast: Ingrid d'Hooghe and Ties Dams talk China and Hong Kong

10 October 2019 - 14:25
Europe in the World

China's stories to rule the world

30 September 2019 - 16:49
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Trade and Globalisation

Publieksdebat: Talking China Strategy

03 June 2019 - 19:30