I am an international relations scholar with a special focus on grand strategy and international security. My research interests include: trans-Atlantic relations; alliances; nuclear deterrence; American, British, French, and German strategy; the rise of China, and the resurgence of Russia; institutions and national security decision making; and lessons of the past.
I am especially interested in the future of American power and leadership in Europe, and its impact on European strategic autonomy.
I obtained my doctorate in political science at the University of Amsterdam (UVA) with a project on the impact of victory and defeat in war on grand strategy, and the propensity of states to use military force and diplomacy.
The dissertation was awarded the 2016 prize of the Dutch and Flemish political science associations.
I have previously worked as a strategic and defence policy analyst at the Hague Centre for Strategic Studies (HCSS), and, from 2011 to 2016, taught graduate and undergraduate courses at the UVA and Leiden University on grand strategy, trans-Atlantic relations, and contemporary international security, as well as supervised theses at both levels.
During the Max Weber Fellowship I will work on the project on American power in Europe and on a book, based on my doctoral research, on how the lessons of the past affected post-WWII grand strategies in the US, UK, France, and Germany.