Serge Stroobants is Serge Stroobants is the Director of Operations for Europe and the MENA region at the Institute for Economics and Peace. He is a former staff officer of the Belgian Army with a developed operational experience and an extensive academic background.
He has served at all levels of operational command and also at the strategic level at NATO HQ as the Military Assistant to the Belgian Military Representative to the NATO Military Committee. Most of his assignments were in a multinational environment such as several NATO Forces Headquarters, the French-German Brigade and the Eurocorps. Serge deployed to the Balkans for an aggregated period of more than two years and he also had the opportunity to collect African experience during deployments to Rwanda, Benin and the Cabo Verde Islands. He participated in a NATO Response Force and an EU Battlegroup training, preparation and stand-by phase. Serge has been awarded several national orders decorations, the NATO medal and the Ehrenkreuz der Bundeswehr.
He is now a lecturer at the Royal Military Academy in the department of Conflict Studies/ Chair of World Politics. He is the executive coordinator for the security and defense module for the Advanced Staff Course. He is an assistant-Professor at Vesalius College, Brussels with courses on NATO and the transatlantic approaches to security as well as on Global terrorism, violent extremism and radicalization.