Munich Security Conference 2018 | ELF's speakers

Dr. Jürgen Martens MP is a member of the German Bundestag and the President of the European Liberal Forum, the political foundation of the ALDE Party. After having been Vice-President for four years, he was elected President of the European Liberal Forum in 2016.

A former member of the state parliament of Saxony for 10 years and former Minister of State for Justice and European Affairs of Saxony, he later became a member of the European Committee of Regions and acted as Vice-President for the Chamber for European Affairs of the German Bundesrat.

Prof Dr Alexander Mattelaer is the director of the European Affairs programme at Egmont – the Royal Institute for International Relations – and an assistant professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. His research interests include the politics of European integration, transatlantic relations, defence policy-making, and the ongoing redefinition of state sovereignty. 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 (Institute for National Strategic Studies). 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. His teaching portfolio includes courses on the European Union, international security, and defence policy-making.

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.

01. Feb 2018 by Intern

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