Niels Drost

Junior Research Fellow


  • Security and Defence
  • Russia & Eastern Europe Centre
  • International security


  • Europe
  • Russia & Central Asia

Niels Drost is a Junior Researcher at the Clingendael Russia & Eastern Europe Centre and the EU & Global Affairs Unit. His research revolves primarily around contemporary politics and security issues in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia.

Niels holds an MA in International Relations in Historical Perspective (cum laude) from Utrecht University and a BA in International Studies with a major in Russia and Eurasia (cum laude) from Leiden University. Prior to becoming a Junior Researcher, Niels studied abroad at the Ural Federal University in Yekaterinburg, interned at the Security Unit of the Clingendael Institute, and worked as a freelance journalist for Dutch regional and national broadcasters.

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