Sander (Sam) Streefkerk

Former Training and Research Fellow


  • Trade and Globalisation


  • Europe
  • Americas
  • Middle East & North Africa

Expertise:  energy (security) politics, political-economy of conflict and development, geopolitics, political risk analysis.

Sander (Sam) Streefkerk worked until March 2017 as a Research and Training Fellow at the Clingendael Institute. He designed and coordinated training programmes on several international affairs issues for foreign diplomats, civil servants and professionals. Sander has also worked on a number of training courses aimed at Eastern-African diplomats, ASEAN country representatives and diplomats from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA region). 

Before joining The Clingendael Institute Sander taught International Relations and Political Economy at the University of Amsterdam (UvA).  Besides focussing on IR and IPE theories a lot of attention was paid to analysing the root causes of (new) wars and conflicts, political-economic development and energy/resource politics. He also carried out research concerning energy security issues in the EU.

Prior to his work at UvA’s Political Science department  he worked as a researcher/editor for the Dutch Public Broadcasting, mainly researching foreign affairs issues (e.g. conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Balkans, North Africa and Middle East). In this position he also got familiar with developments related to ‘Big Data’.

He holds a Master’s degree in International Relations (cum laude) from the University of Amsterdam.

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