Erwin van Veen

Senior Research Fellow


  • Conflict and Fragility
  • Security and Justice
  • Aid Architecture


  • Middle East & North Africa

As senior researcher, Erwin van Veen is an experienced professional who delivers high quality and insightful strategic advice that helps mitigate violent conflict. His direct area of expertise is how the security configuration of political orders influences their development.

Erwin leads a diverse team of five experts that researches coercive organizations, conflict dynamics and prospects for political reform in the Middle East. It does this for clients like ministries of foreign affairs, international organizations and NGO’s. By blending research with opinion pieces, timely events, media appearances, workshop facilitation and the occasional training, Erwin and the team take pride in helping clients develop innovative, evidence-based and humane policy responses to contemporary conflicts.

Erwin’s personal strengths include a broad curiosity, a quick grasp of complexity and the ability to combine the conceptual with the practical. Matching past achievements include the co-creation of major policy innovations such as the ‘International Security Sector Advisory Team’ (an international expert team on security sector reform), the ‘New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States’ (an agreement between 40+ states and international organizations to improve aid provision to fragile states), as well as the ‘Knowledge Platform Security and Rule of Law’ (a mechanism for knowledge brokerage and uptake among policy-makers and practitioners engaged in conflict-affected countries).

Erwin is a member of the United Nations Security Sector Reform Advisory Network, the advisory group to the NATO mission in Iraq (NMI) and a fellow at the Center for Syria Studies at the University of St. Andrews. His previous experiences include roles as peacebuilding and conflict specialist at the OECD (2010-2013), security and development advisor at the Dutch ministry of Foreign Affairs (2006-2010) and human resource business advisor at Shell (2003-2005). Erwin obtained university degrees in public administration, security sector management and EU politics – all with distinction.

My work



Conflict and Fragility

Qassem Musleh and Iraq's popular mobilization forces

25 August 2021 - 12:22
Conflict and Fragility

The Securitization of Post-2011 Middle East Political Orders

09 June 2021 - 12:31
Conflict and Fragility

New challenges to Israel’s strategies of control

02 June 2021 - 18:00
Conflict and Fragility

The sticky webs of conflict & political order in the Middle East

18 May 2021 - 12:40
Conflict and Fragility

The YPG/PYD during the Syrian conflict

19 April 2021 - 11:05
Conflict and Fragility

EU policies and interventions in the Syrian and Iraqi civil wars

03 February 2021 - 16:20
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Conflict and Fragility

Webinar #2: Turkish foreign policy in the Levant

20 October 2020 - 15:00
Conflict and Fragility

Webinar: EU options for dealing with the Syrian conflict

23 June 2020 - 15:00
Europe in the World

Special lecture by Iraqi Minister of Foreign Affairs

29 October 2019 - 16:00
Conflict and Fragility

Tijd voor een koerswijziging van het Nederlandse Israëlbeleid?

04 October 2019 - 20:00
Conflict and Fragility

Syria After Civil War #3: Regional Militancy and Political Order

13 May 2019 - 11:30
Conflict and Fragility

Syria after Civil War #2: The geopolitics of Conflict

26 March 2019 - 12:00
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