Dick Zandee

Head Security Unit/Senior Research Fellow


  • Security and Defence
  • Defence


  • Europe

Dick Zandee is a senior research fellow and head of Clingendael's Security Unit. 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 he is working on are the consequences of Russia’s war in Ukraine, the EU Strategic Compass, the NATO Madrid Summit and the new Strategic Concept, EU-NATO relations, specialisation in defence and the Dutch 2022 Defence White Paper. Upcoming publications regard the EU Rapid Deployment Capacity and the Joint Expeditionary Force. Zandee 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, Zandee 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

Het jaar 2023 is een test voor Oekraïne maar ook voor ons

04 January 2023 - 13:40
Europe in the World

Christmas reads & must-watch videos 2022

22 December 2022 - 09:00
Security and Defence

Open strategic autonomy in European defence

09 December 2022 - 15:30
Security and Defence

Realising the EU Rapid Deployment Capacity

31 October 2022 - 16:31
Security and Defence

NATO’s Madrid Summit and the consequences for the Netherlands

14 September 2022 - 12:08
Security and Defence

Specialising in European defence

29 July 2022 - 09:00
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Security and Defence

Which implementation for the defence of Europe?

04 April 2022 - 16:00
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
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