Alexander Mattelaer

Prof. Dr. Alexander Mattelaer

Assistant Professor
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Prof Dr Alexander Mattelaer is an assistant professor at the Institute for European Studies and the director of European affairs at Egmont - the Royal Institute for International Relations. His research interests include defence policy-making and NATO, the ongoing redefinition of state sovereignty, the politics of European integration, and the Brexit negotiation process. He is also a visiting professor at the College of Europe in Bruges and a senior editor of the online magazine European Geostrategy. Earlier he was the Assistant Director at the Institute for European Studies as well as a Fulbright Schuman fellow at Harvard University and at the National Defense University. He sits on the scientific committee of the Belgian Royal Higher Institute for Defence and on the board of the United Nations Association Flanders/Belgium. 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. At the Vrije Universiteit Brussel he teaches the courses 'Political Structures and Processes of the European Union' and 'International Security and Strategic Studies'.

Profile and Publications

 


Books

  • MATTELAER, Alexander. 2013. The Politico-Military Dynamics of European Crisis Response Operations: Planning, Friction, Strategy. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. Link

Chapters

  • MATTELAER, Alexander. 2015. The EU’s Growing Engagement in the Sahel: From Development Aid to Military Coordination, in Gstöhl, Sieglinde and Lannon, Erwan (eds.) The Neighbours of the European Union's Neighbours: Diplomatic and Geopolitical Dimensions beyond the European Neighbourhood Policy, Surrey: Ashgate, p. 45-65. Link
  • MATTELAER, Alexander. 2015. The Silent Function of the Alliance: NATO's Role as a Multilateral Repository of Military Expertise, in Smith-Windsor, Brooke (ed.), Enduring NATO, Rising Brazil: Managing International Security in a Recalibrating Global Order, Rome: NATO Defense College, p. 53-69. Link
  • SEVERS, Eline & MATTELAER, Alexander. 2014. A Crisis of Democratic Legitimacy? It’s about Legitimation, Stupid!, in Lepoivre, Marc and Stijn Verhelst (eds), The European Elections: What is at stake for the citizen? An analysis of the EU's legitimacy and policy challenges, Gent: Academia Press, p. 25-37. Link
  • MATTELAER, Alexander. 2014. Who is in Charge? Natural Friction in the CSDP Decision-Making Process, in Rehrl, Jochen (ed), Handbook for Decision-Makers: The Common Security and Defence Policy of the European Union, Vienna: Federal Ministry of Defence, p. 48-51. Link
  • MATTELAER, Alexander & MARIJNEN, Esther. 2014. EU Peacekeeping in Africa: Towards an Indirect Approach, in Tardy, Thierry & Wyss, Marco (eds), Peacekeeping in Africa: The evolving security architecture, Abingdon: Routledge, p. 54-72. Link
  • MATTELAER, Alexander. 2012. Decision Making in the Field of CSDP, in J. Rehrl and H.-B. Weisserth, Handbook on CSDP: The Common Security and Defence Policy of the European Union (2nd ed.), Vienna: Federal Ministry of Defence and Sports of the Republic of Austria, p. 57-59 Link

Conference Papers

  • MATTELAER, Alexander, MARIJNEN, Esther. 2012. EU Peacekeeping in Africa: Towards an Indirect Approach, Paper presented at the conference International Peacekeeping in Africa: Actors and Missions, organised by the ETH Zürich Center for Security Studies, 23-24 November 2012.
  • MATTELAER, Alexander. 2009. The Crisis in Operational Art, paper presented at the Chatham House European Security and Defence Forum Workshop 2, London, November 2009. Link

Peer Reviewed Articles

  • MATTELAER, Alexander. 2016. Revisiting the Principles of NATO Burden-Sharing, Parameters, Vol. 46, No. 1, pp. 25-33. Link
  • MATTELAER, Alexander. 2014. Preparing NATO for the Next Defence-Planning Cycle, RUSI Journal, Vol. 159, n. 3, p. 30-35. Link
  • MATTELAER, Alexander. 2013. The Empty Promise of Comprehensive Planning in EU Crisis Management, European Foreign Affairs Review, Vol. 18, No. 4, pp. 125-146. Link
  • MATTELAER, Alexander. 2011. How Afghanistan has Strengthened NATO, Survival, Vol. 53, No. 6, pp. 127-140. Link
  • MATTELAER, Alexander. 2010. The CSDP Mission Planning Process of the European Union: Innovations and Shortfalls. European Integration online Papers, Vol. 14, No. 9. Link
  • BISCOP, Sven & MATTELAER, Alexander. 2008. De Europese Unie: een strategische militaire actor? Tsjaad als test-case, Res Publica, Vol. 50, No. 2, p. 149-166. Link

Articles, Essays & Reviews

  • MATTELAER, Alexander. 2012. Reviewing the EU’s Crisis Management Procedures. Studia Diplomatica, Vol. 65, No. 4, pp. 31-37
  • MATTELAER, Alexander & KOOMEN, Joost. 2010. Het volkenrecht voorbij: de Nederlandse besluitvorming rond Irak vanuit strategisch perspectief, Internationale Spectator, Vol. 64, No. 6, p. 320-323. Link
  • MATTELAER, Alexander. 2009. Multidimensioneel crisisbeheer: De EU-VN samenwerking in Tsjaad en de Centraal Afrikaanse Republiek, Wereldbeeld, Vol. 33, No. 149, p. 20-27. Link
  • MATTELAER, Alexander. 2008. Listen to the Generals? Military Strategy in European Crisis Response Operations, Studia Diplomatica, Vol. 61, No. 3, p. 29-35. Link
  • MATTELAER, Alexander. 2007. EUFOR RDC and the Development of the ESDP, Studia Diplomatica, Vol. 60, No. 3, p. 73-89. Link

Commissioned Research & Policy Work

  • MATTELAER, Alexander. 2016. After the EU Global Strategy - Consulting the Experts, Paris: EU Institute for Security Studies, pp. 35-37. Link
  • MATTELAER, Alexander. 2016. The NATO Warsaw Summit: How to Strengthen Alliance Cohesion, Washington DC: NDU Press (INSS Strategic Forum No. 296, June 2016) Link
  • MATTELAER, Alexander. 2016. Why Belgium Needs a Special Operations Command, Brussels: Egmont Institute (Security Policy Brief No. 70). Link
  • MATTELAER, Alexander. 2015. The problem of strategic prioritisation, in Fiott, Daniel (ed), The Common Security and Defence Policy: National Perspectives, Brussels: Egmont Institute (Egmont Paper 79), pp. 113-115. Link
  • MATTELAER, Alexander. 2015. Een adaptieve krijgsmacht voor onzekere tijden. Bijdrage aan het Wise Pen initiatief over de toekomst van Defensie - horizon 2030. Brussel: Kabinet Ministerie van Defensie, p. 161-175. Link pdf
  • MATTELAER, Alexander. 2014. Strategic Insurance: The Future of the Belgian Armed Forces, Brussels: Institute for European Studies (IES Policy Brief 2014/04) Link
  • SEVERS, Eline & MATTELAER, Alexander. 2014. A Crisis of Democratic Legitimacy? It’s about Legitimation, Stupid! Brussels: Egmont Institute (European Policy Brief No. 21) Link
  • COELMONT, Jo & MATTELAER, Alexander. 2013. Capability Development: The Times They Are a-Changin. In: Biscop, Sven and Fiott, Daniel (eds), The State of Defence in Europe: State of Emergency? Brussels: Egmont Institute (Egmont Paper 62), p. 67-71. Link
  • MATTELAER, Alexander & COELMONT, Jo. 2013. Modern European Operations: From Phoney Wars to Sickle Cuts, In: Biscop, Sven and Fiott, Daniel (eds), The State of Defence in Europe: State of Emergency? Brussels: Egmont Institute (Egmont Paper 62), p. 33-37. Link
  • FIOTT, Daniel, HOEBEKE, Hans, MARIJNEN, Esther & MATTELAER, Alexander. 2013. The Sahel Crisis: Where do European and African Perspectives Meet?, Brussels: Institute for European Studies (IES Policy Brief, Issue 2013/02). Link
  • MATTELAER, Alexander. 2012. Reviewing the EU’s Crisis Management Procedures, Brussels: Institute for European Studies (IES Policy Brief 2012/04) Link
  • MATTELAER, Alexander, SIMON, Luis & HADFIELD, Amelia. 2012. A Coherent EU Strategy for the Sahel, Brussels: European Parliament (DG for External Policies) Link
  • MATTELAER, Alexander. 2009. Europe Rediscovers Peacekeeping? Political and Military Logics in the 2006 UNIFIL Enhancement. Brussels: Egmont Institute, (Egmont Paper 34). Link
  • SIMON, Luis & MATTELAER, Alexander. 2009. EUnity of Command - The Planning and Conduct of CSDP Operations. Brussels: Egmont Institute (Egmont Paper 41). Link
  • MATTELAER, Alexander. 2008. The Strategic Planning of EU Military Operations - The Case of EUFOR Tchad/RCA, Brussels: Institute for European Studies (IES Working Papers, N° 5/2008). Link

Newspaper Op-eds & Online Commentary

  • MATTELAER, Alexander. 2016. Seven paradoxes of NATO’s revival as Europe’s primary security institution, LSE EUROPP blog, 8 November 2016. Link
  • MATTELAER, Alexander. 2016. Wat meer ambitie voor onze troepen, De Standaard, 7 juli 2016. Link
  • MATTELAER, Alexander. 2016. Wat met België na de brexit? Deredactie.be, 29 juni 2016. Link
  • MATTELAER, Alexander. 2015. Een anorectische rechtsstaat overleeft niet lang, De Standaard, 24 November 2015. Link
  • MATTELAER, Alexander. 2015. Militair ingrijpen is altijd een gok. Maar in Syrië is die wel héél groot, De Morgen, 12 September 2015. Link
  • MATTELAER, Alexander. 2015. Ieder voor zich in Europa, Deredactie.be, 23 juli 2015. Link
  • MATTELAER, Alexander. 2015. The problem of strategic prioritisation, European Geostrategy, 29 March 2015. Link
  • MATTELAER, Alexander. 2014. Belgium’s F-16 replacement: a response, European Geostrategy, 5 October 2014. Link
  • MATTELAER, Alexander. 2014. Welk leger voor een dag van morgen? Deredactie.be, 4 September 2014. Link
  • MATTELAER, Alexander. 2014. European foreign policy post-MH17, European Geostrategy, 23 July 2014 Link
  • FIOTT, Daniel, MATTELAER Alexander & SIMON, Luis. 2014. European defence after Crimea, British Influence, 9 July 2014 Link
  • MATTELAER, Alexander. 2014. Interview with Stephan Keukeleire and Tom Delreux, European Geostrategy, 21 May 2014 Link
  • MATTELAER, Alexander. 2014. Klein leger, groot risico, De Standaard, 29 April 2014, p. 38-39. Link
  • MATTELAER, Alexander. 2014. Framework nations: a German answer to a European problem? European Geostrategy, 2 March 2014 Link
  • FIOTT, Daniel & MATTELAER, Alexander. 2014. Interview with General Sir Richard Shirreff, European Geostrategy, 25 January 2014 Link
  • MATTELAER, Alexander. 2013. The joint design of European-led operations, IISS Politics and Strategy, 15 July 2013. Link
  • MATTELAER, Alexander. 2013. What future for European land power?, European Geostrategy, 23 June 2013. Link
  • MATTELAER, Alexander. 2013. De Franse plannen in Mali afkraken is gemakkelijk, De Morgen, 21 January 2013, pp. 16-17. Link
  • MATTELAER, Alexander. 2009. Laatste kans voor dossier-Afghanistan, De Morgen, 2 December 2009, p. 24.
  • MATTELAER, Alexander. 2008. Militaire tijger België? De Standaard, 4 November 2008, p. 28.
  • MATTELAER, Alexander. 2008. Voor een ernstig debat over buitenlandse operaties, De Morgen, 27 August 2008, p. 14.
  • MATTELAER, Alexander & HOLSLAG, Jonathan. 2008. De terugkeer van de geopolitiek, De Standaard, 12 August 2008, p. 17. Link
  • MATTELAER, Alexander. 2008. België gaat niet ten oorlog, De Standaard, 6 February 2008, p. 19.
  • MATTELAER, Alexander. 2007. Is een vredesmacht voor Darfour wel een goed idee? De Standaard, 7 August 2007, p. 15.
  • MATTELAER, Alexander. 2007. EU military action - a target for cheap criticism. European Voice, 1-7 February 2007, p. 15.

Other Publications

  • MATTELAER, Alexander. 2015. Hoorzitting: De Belgische Defensie in de toekomst. Verslag uitgebracht door Tim Vandenput en Alain Top. Brussel: Belgische Kamer van Volksvertegenwoordigers, p. 55-62. Link
  • MATTELAER, Alexander. 2014. Planning and launching military operations, expert panel report on the EUMS & EU-ISS conference 'Learning by doing: military lessons learnt within the comprehensive approach', Brussels, 19-20 June 2014. Link