Dr. Rik COOLSAET
President, Department of Political Science, Ghent University & Director, Department Security & Global Governance, Royal Institute for International Relations (Brussels)
He has held several high-ranking official positions.
1988-1992 Deputy Chief of the Cabinet of the Belgian Minister of Defence
1992-1995 Deputy Chief of the Cabinet of the Minister of Foreign Affairs
His present research includes long-term change patterns in international relations, the dynamics behind today's world order and terrorism.