René Cuperus

René Cuperus

Interim Chief Editor of the Clingendael Spectator

As of 1 January 2024, René Cuperus has been serving as the interim editor-in-chief for the Clingendael Spectator. He is also affiliated with the Clingendael Institute as a Senior Research Fellow at the EU & Global Affairs' Unit

Before, René Cuperus was ’Scholar in Residence’ at the Strategy Unit of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, working on European integration, Globalisation and the Populist Backlash and China-EU/USA relations.

Cuperus is also Research Fellow at the Germany Institute of the University of Amsterdam, writes a political column for Dutch daily newspaper De Volkskrant and contributes a blog to Social Europe Journal, an E-journal linked to the London School of Economics (LSE). He also wrote columns for the Clingendael Spectator. He has published on European politics and populism in various international publications. René taught at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Groningen (NL). He furthermore gave (guest) lectures at various universities in Germany, Spain, UK, Chile, USA and Belgium.

He is currently member of the board of the Dutch ’Atlantic Commission’ and board member and guide of ‘Nationaal Monument Kamp Amersfoort’, a former Nazi-concentration camp in the Netherlands.

René holds degrees in political and cultural history and cultural anthropology from the Universities of Groningen and Lisbon. He was Director for International Relations at the Wiardi Beckman Foundation, thinktank of the Dutch Labour Party (PvdA).