Steven Blockmans

Senior Fellow

Areas of expertise: EU foreign, security and defence policy
Languages: English, French, Dutch

Dr Steven Blockmans is Senior Research Fellow, and previously Research Director, at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) and Senior Fellow at the International Centre for Defence and Security (ICDS). He is also a visiting professor at the College of Europe (Bruges & Natolin), and editor-in-chief of the European Foreign Affairs Review. He is a frequent commentator on EU affairs at major media outlets and regularly briefs senior policy practitioners from the European Union, its member states and G20 country governments. He has testified at the foreign affairs and international trade committees of the European Parliament and the UK House of Commons. He was also a member of a track 1,5 process between the EU and Russia. He is the author of Tough Love: the EU’s relations with the Western Balkans (Springer 2007) and The Obsolescence of the European Neighbourhood Policy (Rowman & Littlefield 2017) and has (co-)edited more than 20 books, including The EU’s Role in Global Governance (Oxford University Press 2013), The EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy (Edward Elgar 2018) and a trilogy Democracy in the EU (Rowman & Littlefield 2020). He served a rapporteur of high-level task forces on the European Defence Union (2015), EU Institutional Reform (2017), and the European External Action Service (2021). He was a tenured professor in EU external relations law and governance at the University of Amsterdam (2012-2022), the head of research at the Asser Institute in The Hague (2010-2012), a visiting professor at the Law Faculty of the University of Leuven (2010-2014), and a long-term expert on legal approximation in the framework of an EUsponsored project in support of the Ministry of European Integration of Albania (2007-2009).

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