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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.


Belgium and its foreign policy 1830-2000, 2003, in Dutch and partly in French
The Transformation of Diplomacy at the Threshold of the New Millennium, 2004
Between al-Andalus and a failing integration. Europe s pursuit of a long-term counterterrorism strategy in the post-al-Qaeda era, 2005
Al-Qaeda: The Myth. The Root Causes of International Terrorism And How To Tackle Them, 2005
The Evolution of Terrorism in 2005. A statistical assessment, 2006
Power and Values in World Politics, 2006 - in Dutch