Kees is Research Associate at the Clingendael Institute. Elenbaas started his career as a foreign correspondent for Dutch media in the nineteen eighties in Central America during the Sandinista Revolution in Nicaragua and the civil wars in El Salvador and Guatemala. In 1992 he moved to Russia’s capital Moscow to cover the collapse of the Soviet Union and stormy years of then president Boris Jeltsin. By the end of 1996 he was based in Pretoria, South Africa, during the second part of the Nelson Mandela presidency. Elenbaas covered extensively the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission under the leadership of bishop Desmond Tutu.
After six years in Southern Africa Elenbaas returned to the Latin American continent and worked several years in Brazil, Argentina and Colombia. During that period he was a visiting fellow for Latin America for the Clingendael Institute.
Since September 2015 he is based in Istanbul, Turkey.
Elenbaas studied Political Science and International Law at the University of Amsterdam and followed special courses in Argentina on Peronismo and Economy and Journalism.