Wouter Zweers

Research Fellow


  • Europe in the World
  • Europe and the EU


  • Europe

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.

My work



Europe in the World

Christmas Reads 2023

20 December 2023 - 12:30
Europe and the EU

The Dutch Dragging Their Feet

14 November 2023 - 16:36
Russia & Eastern Europe

Russian influence in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro

17 August 2023 - 14:08
Russia & Eastern Europe

The EU in the South Caucasus

30 March 2023 - 16:40
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Europe in the World

State of the union 2022: War in Europe and its aftershocks

28 September 2022 - 09:00
Russia & Eastern Europe

Rusland & Oost-Europa Kennisalliantie

14 September 2021 - 14:00

The prospects of the Green Agenda for the Western Balkans

15 June 2021 - 16:00
Europe and the EU

Digital Dialogue: Serbia on a wobbly road to EU Membership

31 March 2021 - 15:30
Europe and the EU

Closing the economic gap between the Western Balkans and the EU

13 October 2020 - 11:00
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