Ties Dams

Research Fellow


  • Europe in the World
  • Asia
  • Trade and Globalisation
  • New Silk Road


  • Asia

Ties Dams is a Research Fellow at the Clingendael Institute. His research focuses on China’s geopolitical strategy and European responses to it. In two distinct fields he holds in-depth expertise. First, great powers’ evolving narrative strategies, or the geopolitical power of discursive, ideological or ‘soft’ strategies. Second, geopolitical risk and financial markets, with special reference to China’s growing importance to European investors.

In 2018 he published the first Dutch language monograph on the life and rule of president Xi Jinping. It quickly became a bestseller. He frequently appears on radio and TV as a geopolitical expert. He lectures on geopolitical strategy at the University of Amsterdam and is a popular public speaker. At Clingendael, he also engages in private-sector consultancy.

Ties was educated as a political theorist in Utrecht, Xiamen, Hongkong and London. Read his article in the Clingendael Spectator (our magazine), the winner of the OPEN Call-essay competition by De Balie and Stichting Amsterdams Comité 4 en 5 Mei.

The real danger of Europe's decay

My work



China Centre

Vriendschap winnen

25 January 2022 - 18:00
Security and Defence

Expert Insights: Transatlantic Relations

16 June 2021 - 09:00
Europe in the World

China’s Soft Power in Europe: Falling on Hard Times

20 April 2021 - 14:00
Europe in the World

Will the European hero please stand up?

24 March 2021 - 15:53
China Centre

Podcast De Rode Draad: China’s doelen en onze toekomst

05 January 2021 - 13:22
China Centre

Sino–US rivalry, the COVID-19 crisis and financial markets

15 December 2020 - 12:00
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Europe in the World

A new beginning in the Transatlantic Partnership

30 November 2020 - 15:30
Europe in the World

De wereld volgens China

21 October 2019 - 19:00
Trade and Globalisation

Publieksdebat: Talking China Strategy

03 June 2019 - 19:30