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

Uncharted and uncomfortable in European defence

27 January 2022 - 15:43
Security and Defence

Identity, Industry and Interoperability

19 January 2022 - 17:00
Security and Defence

Rondetafelgesprek over het EU Strategisch Kompas

18 January 2022 - 17:18
Europe in the World

Adviezen aan Rutte IV

17 January 2022 - 16:10
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
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Security and Defence

Clingendael Newsroom: Europese defensie en de NAVO

01 April 2022 - 13:00
Europe in the World

Webinar: NATO’s strategic reflection after the US elections

17 December 2020 - 14:00

De geopolitieke gevolgen van het coronavirus

08 October 2020 - 15:00
Security and Defence

What will US-Chinese competition mean for European security?

10 September 2020 - 15:30
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
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