Erwin van Veen

Senior Research Fellow


  • Conflict and Fragility
  • Security and Justice
  • Aid Architecture

Erwin van Veen is a senior research fellow with Clingendael’s Conflict Research Unit. A political scientist by training, Erwin applies this lens to research about the power dynamics and organization of security and justice in conflict-prone environments. On top of this, extensive travel in the Middle East after secondary school engendered a lasting interest in the region’s conflicts. Well known in development circles for the ability to combine thoughtful analysis with strategic advice that matters, his work straddles academic and policy spheres. In his view, ‘a key bit of research is to look for the alternative narrative, the underdeveloped frame, and to find out what that means for how problems can be addressed in more innovative ways’.

With over 50 published works ranging from journal articles to blogs, and a key role in policy initiatives like the New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States or the Knowledge Platform Security and the Rule of Law, he is equally at home in thought and action.

Previous experience

  • Peacebuilding and conflict specialist at the OECD (2010-2013)
  • Security and development advisor at the Dutch ministry of Foreign Affairs (2006-2010)
  • Human resource business advisor at Shell (2003-2005)

Recent field research
Guinea, Yemen (2014); Lebanon, Mali, Ethiopia and Afghanistan (2015); Iraq (2016); Palestine (2017).


My work



Conflict and Fragility

A shotgun marriage: rule of law in fragile societies

22 June 2017 - 16:42
Conflict and Fragility

State and social resilience in the EU's Global Strategy

01 June 2017 - 14:14
Conflict and Fragility

Development as an ecosystem

10 May 2017 - 14:02
Conflict and Fragility

The politics of security sector reform in the Sahel

01 May 2017 - 16:16
Conflict and Fragility

Unrest in Ethiopia: plus ça change?

21 April 2017 - 10:05
Conflict and Fragility

Re-perceiving aid results

09 March 2017 - 15:50
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Conflict and Fragility

Yemen: Drivers of conflict and peace

07 November 2016 - 13:01
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Conflict and Fragility

'Making better security and justice programming happen'

01 April 2016 - 13:24
Conflict and Fragility

Expert discussion - 'Iraq: How to stabilize a vortex?'

08 April 2015 - 12:50
Conflict and Fragility

All for the few and the few for themselves?

28 October 2014 - 17:23
Conflict and Fragility

'Local' conflicts in transnational entanglements

19 June 2014 - 09:18
Conflict and Fragility


17 September 2013 - 10:36