Martijn Kitzen, PhD
Co-Director of the Europe Project
Martijn Kitzen is professor and holds the chair in irregular warfare and special operations at the Netherlands Defence Academy. His research and teaching focus on irregular warfare in fragmented societies with a particular interest in the way special operations forces can be deployed in such an environment. Martijn has published extensively about these topics and most recently co-edited the book The Conduct of War in the 21st Century. He regularly lectures at various international military institutes and staff colleges and his research activities include previous fellowships at the University of Amsterdam and the University of Oxford’s Changing Character of War Centre as well as field work in Afghanistan and the Sahel region. In addition to his scholarly work, Martijn has been involved in pre-deployment training and advising for various nations, worked as in-theater advisor in Afghanistan and the Sahel, and served as academic advisor for the revision of NATO’s AJP 3.4.4 (counterinsurgency). Martijn holds a PhD in history, a MA in political science, and is a graduate of the Royal Netherlands Military Academy. As a former military officer, he has experience in NATO and UN missions.