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Regular commentator for print, audio and visual media, mostly for Belgian media and Brussels-based foreign media.
Sven is the director of the Europe in the World programme at the Egmont - Royal Institute for International Relations in Brussels, the think tank associated with Belgian Foreign Affairs, which he joined in 2002. His research focuses on the foreign, security and defence policies of the European Union, NATO and their Member States. Sven teaches at Ghent University (since 2003) and at the College of Europe in Bruges (since 2007). As a member of the Executive Academic Board of the EU's European Security and Defence College (ESDC), he regularly lectures in its courses, as well as in various European staff colleges, and at the People's University in Beijing, where he is a Senior Research Associate of the Centre for European Studies. Sven also represents Egmont in the Higher Studies in Security and Defence, a course for security practitioners organized with the Belgian Royal Higher Institute for Defence. In 2015, on the occasion of its 10th anniversary, Sven was made an Honorary Fellow of the ESDC.