Danny Pronk

Senior Research Fellow


  • Security and Defence
  • Strategic Foresight
  • China Centre
  • Russia & Eastern Europe Centre

Danny Pronk joined the Clingendael Institute as a Senior Research Fellow in July 2018 and heads the Strategic Foresight programme. In this capacity he leads Clingendael’s projects on geopolitical trend analysis for the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Defence, under the multi-annual PROGRESS framework, and for the Ministry of Justice and Security, in the National Network of Safety and Security Analysts.

His main research interests are in non-proliferation and arms control, military technology, intelligence and national security, and other security and defence issues, particularly in relation to China and Russia.

Prior to his work at Clingendael, he has had a lengthy and distinguished career with senior analytical and operational leadership positions at the Netherlands General Intelligence and Security Service (AIVD) and the Defence Intelligence and Security Service (MIVD).

Danny holds a Master’s degree in Political Science (International Relations) from Leiden University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Military Arts and Sciences from the Royal Military Academy, Breda. He is currently a PhD candidate in the graduate school of the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs at Leiden University, researching the intelligence-policy nexus.

He is a regular media commentator and has published in a variety of academic journals. He is also frequently lecturing on the topics of international security, scenario analysis, and strategic warning for various audiences.

My work



Strategic Foresight

Strategic Monitor 2020-2021

03 March 2021 - 09:45
Security and Defence

Verbondenheid in veiligheid

29 October 2020 - 14:26
Security and Defence

The spies who came in from the Cold War

14 May 2020 - 15:53
Security and Defence

Russia’s arms in the Syrian conflict

14 May 2020 - 09:18
Security and Defence

Outpost of empire: Base politics with Chinese characteristics

06 April 2020 - 09:39
Security and Defence

The proliferation Risks of Hypersonic Missiles

03 March 2020 - 11:56
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