Dick Zandee

Head Security Unit/Senior Research Fellow


  • Security and Defence
  • Defence


  • Europe

Dick Zandee is Senior Research Fellow and Head of the Security Unit of the Research department of the Clingendael Institute. His research focuses on security and defence issues, including strategies, policies, military operations, capability development, research and technology, armaments cooperation and industrial aspects. Recent subjects are: Arctic security, the European Intervention Initiative, Military Mobility, the future of NATO, EU-NATO relations, European strategic autonomy and the EU’s Strategic Compass. He also focuses on current news in the security and defence area, often commenting in the press and to other media.

Prior to his work at Clingendael, he was Head of the Planning & Policy Unit of the European Defence Agency. Following his graduation from Leiden University with a Master’s degree in Modern History, he has had a lengthy and distinguished career with political-military functions at a national level in the Netherlands and internationally for NATO and the EU.

He is member of the Peace and Security Committee of the Dutch Advisory Council on International Affairs. Furthermore, he is member of the Scientific Committee of the Armament Industry European Research Group.

My work



Security and Defence

Unpacking open strategic autonomy

25 November 2021 - 11:55
Security and Defence

De bestrijding van hybride dreigingen

28 October 2021 - 15:12
Security and Defence

Countering hybrid threats

25 October 2021 - 10:51
Security and Defence

European defence: Specialisation by capability groups

20 October 2021 - 13:57
Security and Defence

European Security & Defence: breakthrough or muddling through

20 September 2021 - 15:25
Security and Defence

Expert insights: Afghanistan

30 August 2021 - 17:00
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Security and Defence

Publieksevent 'De toekomst van de NAVO'

23 May 2019 - 13:30
Security and Defence

Public Lecture 'NATO turns 70'

08 April 2019 - 14:30
Security and Defence

Strengthening Europe's 'soft' and 'hard' defence

25 March 2019 - 13:00
Security and Defence

Lecture-French Navy: strategic autonomy and European cooperation

27 February 2019 - 16:00
Security and Defence

Expert meeting: Transatlantic security in insecure times

02 October 2018 - 18:00
Security and Defence

Give PESCO a chance

29 May 2018 - 13:30
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