Joris Van Bladel PhD; Senior Associate Fellow, Egmont-Royal Institute for International Relations

Dr. Joris Van Bladel is a Senior Associate Fellow at EGMONT – The Royal Institute for International Relations, an independent think tank headquartered in Brussels. He holds a master’s degree in social and military Sciences and a master’s degree in Slavic Languages. Dr. Van Bladel completed his doctoral research at the University of Groningen, where he focused on the professionalization of the Russian armed forces, leading to his dissertation titled “The All-Volunteer Force in the Russian Mirror: Transformation Without Change.” His areas of expertise encompass ‘the human factor’ in the Russian military, Russian military culture, the Russian ‘soldier question’ within the context of military reform, and the impact of Russian public opinion on regime stability amid the Russian-Ukrainian war.