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 engendered a lasting interest in the region’s conflicts.
Well known in foreign policy and development circles for employing a mix of research, facilitation and strategic advice, his work straddles academic and policy spheres to produce hard-hitting, constructive insights on how to get to less conflict. In Erwin’s view, ‘a crucial task of applied 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 60 published works ranging from journal articles to blogs, bespoke advisory services to governmental and non-governmental organizations alike, as well as a key role in policy initiatives like the New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States and the Knowledge Platform Security and the Rule of Law, he is equally at home in thought and practice.
• 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 (several vists), Burundi (2017).
Erwin is also a senior associate analyst at the European Union’s Institute for Security Studies since June 2017.