Niels Drost

Research Fellow


  • Security and Defence
  • Russia & Eastern Europe
  • International security


  • Europe
  • Russia & Central Asia

Niels Drost is a research fellow at the EU & Global Affairs Unit and the Russia & Eastern Europe Centre (CREEC) of the Clingendael Institute. His research revolves primarily around contemporary politics and security issues in Russia, Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia.

Niels holds an MA in International Relations in Historical Perspective (cum laude) from Utrecht University, a BA in International Studies with a major in Russia and Eurasia (cum laude) from Leiden University and a BA in Journalism from Hogeschool Utrecht. Prior to joining Clingendael, Niels studied Russian language and literature at the Ural Federal University in Yekaterinburg, interned at Clingendael's Security Unit and worked as a freelance journalist for Dutch regional and national broadcasters.

My work



Russia & Eastern Europe

Russian influence in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro

17 August 2023 - 14:08
EU integration

Oekraïense en Russische gemeenschappen in Nederland

17 May 2023 - 11:09

In gespannen afwachting van het lente-offensief

15 May 2023 - 15:11

Beschermingsopdracht Oekraïense ontheemden

13 February 2023 - 15:40
Security and Defence

Military capabilities affected by climate change

09 January 2023 - 15:51
Europe in the World

Christmas reads & must-watch videos 2022

22 December 2022 - 09:00
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