Saskia M. van Genugten is a non-resident senior fellow with MEI’s Defense and Security Program. She is a former strategy and policy advisor at the Netherlands Ministry of Defense and a research fellow at the Netherlands Defense Academy. She was the penholder of the Dutch Defense Vision 2035 (published October 2020). 
 
Previously, she led the MENA Peace and Security research program at the Emirates Diplomatic Academy in Abu Dhabi. She also worked for PwC's Middle East government and public sector advisory unit and held positions at the United Nations Support Mission for Libya (UNSMIL), the Netherlands Foreign Ministry, and the Netherlands Senate’s Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defense, and Development Cooperation.
 
She has published extensively on European defense policies toward the Middle East, Middle East security, as well as on the future of war and the changing operational environment of the armed forces. She is the author of Libya in Western foreign policies, 1911-2011 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016) and co-editor of Stabilizing the Contemporary Middle East and North Africa: Regional Actors and New Approaches (Palgrave MacMillan, 2019).  
 
Education
BA, Utrecht University; MA, Utrecht University; MA, SAIS Johns Hopkins University; PhD, SAIS Johns Hopkins University.

Countries of Expertise
Libya, UAE, European NATO members

Issues of Expertise
European Defense policies; Defense; Regional Security; Security Cooperation; Strategy; Future of War 

Languages
Dutch, English
 

Contact Information

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