Tony van der Togt

Senior Research Fellow at the Clingendael Institute

Tony van der Togt is a Senior Research Fellow at the Clingendael Russia and Eastern Europe Centre (CREEC) on secondment from the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) since 1 September 2022. As such, he has returned to Clingendael after a previous secondment between September 2014 and September 2018. After he left Clingendael in 2018 to become a senior strategist at the MFA, he remained a Senior Research Associate at Clingendael before returning once again as a Senior Research Fellow in 2022.

Before joining the Clingendael Institute, he held different positions in the Netherlands MFA, both in The Hague and at Dutch representations abroad, dealing with Eastern Europe and Central Asia. He established the first Netherlands Embassy in Kazakhstan and served as Dutch Chargé d’Affairs a.i. in Almaty from 1995-98. At the Ministry, he worked on Eastern Europe and Central Asia in several functions, including as Head of the Eastern Europe/Central Asia Division from 2000-2005. Most recently, he served as Dutch Consul-General in St Petersburg (2008-2011) and Special Representative for the Netherlands-Russia bilateral year in 2013.

Tony van der Togt studied contemporary history and international relations at Amsterdam Free University, Radboud University, Nijmegen and Leiden University. At the moment, he is a guest researcher at Leiden University, working on a PhD on Russian strategic narratives towards Europe since 1991.