Margriet Drent

Former Senior Research Fellow


  • Security and Defence
  • Defence


  • Europe

Dr. Margriet Drent is a former Senior Research Fellow at the Security Unit of the Netherlands Institute of International Relations ‘Clingendael’ in the Hague. She is currently seconded on a half-time basis to the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs to evaluate the Dutch policies on CSDP and NATO.

Margriet headed the Security Unit at Clingendael from 2015-2018. She specialises in security and defence with a specific focus on the EU as a Security Actor and the Common Security and Defence Policy. She is also a member of the Peace and Security Committee of the Advisory Council on International Affairs (AIV). From 2008 to 2015 Margriet was Assistant Professor at the International Relations Department of Groningen University, where she lectured on international security, theory of International Relations and the EU as a security actor.

In 2014-2015 she also lectured at the International Relations Department of Leiden University. In 2010 she was awarded her PhD on the 'Europeanization of security', focusing on the European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP). Until 2004, Margriet was Executive Director of the Groningen-based Centre for European Security Studies where she managed and designed projects aimed at enhancing the democratic governance of armed forces in Central and Eastern European countries.

Next to her membership of the Peace and Security Committee of the Advisory Council on International Affairs (AIV), Margriet is member of the Defence Advisory group of the Dutch Labour Party (Partij van de Arbeid) and the Dutch Chapter of Women in International Security (WIIS). She is also PhD supervisor at Groningen University.

My work



Security and Defence

European strategic autonomy: Going it alone?

08 August 2018 - 10:37
Security and Defence

More European defence cooperation-more European defence industry?

05 June 2018 - 16:31
Europe and the EU

Clingendael State of the Union 2018 - report

25 January 2018 - 15:30
Security and Defence

Making Sense of European Defence

19 December 2017 - 15:36
Strategic Foresight

Reflection on Rutte III Coalition Agreement

11 October 2017 - 18:27
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Security and Defence

Making sense of European defence

09 November 2017 - 14:00
Security and Defence

European defence after Brexit

18 April 2017 - 13:30
Security and Defence

Future Force Conference 2017

09 February 2017 - 09:00
Security and Defence

The European Defence of Europe

06 February 2017 - 13:15
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