Wouter Zweers is a research fellow at Clingendael's EU & Global Affairs Unit. His research revolves around the external dimension of EU policy making, with a special focus on EU enlargement and the Eastern dimension of the European Neighbourhood Policy. Wouter coordinates Clingendael’s ‘Balkan Hub’, a project in which the Institute engages with think tanks from the Western Balkans in joint research and events. Furthermore, he is the secretary of the Russia and Eastern Europe Knowledge Alliance (REKA), a Dutch network of experts and practitioners dedicated to enhance knowledge about Russia and Eastern Europe in The Netherlands and to increase its accessibility for both policymakers and the wider public.
Wouter has written numerous articles and reports on EU enlargement with the Western Balkans, geopolitical competition, the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue, the EU’s green agenda for the Western Balkans, Dutch attitudes towards EU enlargement, Moldova’s European integration path and related topics. He also features regularly in Dutch and international media.
Wouter is motivated in his work by a firm belief in the power of sound policymaking to transform societies and enable them to prosper. He holds a BA in European Studies from the University of Amsterdam and an MA in International Public Management and Policy from the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Prior to becoming a research fellow at Clingendael, he worked as a research assistant at the Institute.