Margriet Drent

Senior Research Fellow


  • Security and Defence
  • Defence


  • Europe

Margriet Drent is Senior Research Fellow at the Security Unit of the Research department. 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 the University of Leiden. 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:

  • Defence Advisory group of  the Dutch party 'Partij van de Arbeid'
  • European Consortium for Political Research
  • University Association for Contemporary European Studies
  • Dutch Chapter of Women in International Security (WIIS)

Margriet is also editor of  'Studia Diplomatica' (Egmont Institute) and PhD supervisor at  Groningen University.

My work



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
Security and Defence

Mr. Zalm, can these words go into the coalition agreement?

13 July 2017 - 14:02
Security and Defence

European defence: how to engage the UK after Brexit?

13 July 2017 - 13:30
Security and Defence

Shift in European security interests since EU Global Strategy?

01 June 2017 - 11:27
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Security and Defence

European defence after Brexit

30 March 2017 - 15:08
Security and Defence

The European Defence of Europe

12 January 2017 - 14:35
Security and Defence

Future Force Conference 2017

09 December 2016 - 13:28
Security and Defence

'The parliamentary dimension of defence cooperation'

14 March 2016 - 09:06
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