Dick Zandee is Senior Research Fellow and Head of the Security Unit of the Research department. 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 are: Arctic security, the European Intervention Initiative, Military Mobility, the future of NATO, EU-NATO relations, European strategic autonomy, the impact of climate change on armed forces and the crisis in the eastern Mediterranean. He 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, he 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.