Alexander Mattelaer is the Assistant Director and Acting Academic Director of the Institute for European Studies. He obtained his PhD in Political Science from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Master degrees from the University of Bath and the University of Leuven. He also graduated in the Higher Studies Security and Defence of the Belgian Royal High Institute for Defence and the Joint Operations module of the Belgian Advanced Staff College.
Alexander's research interests include European defence policy (CSDP/NATO), civil-military relations and operations planning. He teaches conflict studies at Vesalius College and frequently gives guest lectures on European security affairs.
He is also a Senior Editor of the blog European Geostrategy.