Sabine Mengelberg has an academic background in political science, with a specialisation in international relations. Currently, Mengelberg serves as an Assistant Professor of International Security Studies at the Netherlands Defence Academy. Mengelberg’s fascination for cooperation between states, especially as the opposite of crisis and war, culminated in her PhD ‘Permanent Change. The Paths of Change of the European Security Organizations’ where she delved into the dynamics of the organisations in the European security architecture, such as NATO, EU, and OSCE.
Mengelberg has always been captivated by the intricate dance between war and peace and how they reveal humanity’s tendencies toward conflict and cooperation. This interest steers her to educate and analyse the puzzle of the (in-) possibilities of international security and defence cooperation.
Mengelberg teaches at various academic levels and delivers guest lectures for renowned national and international civil and military institutions like the European Security and Defence College (ESDC-EU), the George C. Marshall European Centre for Security Studies, and the Dutch Parliament.
Beyond academia, Mengelberg contributes as a Dutch representative to the European Security and Defence College (EU-CSDP), as a political advisor in NATO exercises, as a member of the Advisory Council for the Dutch Atlantic Council’s journal and presents in various media channels (newspapers, radio, tv).
Cooperation in the security and defence domain drives Mengelberg’s research, which predominantly orbits around Trans-Atlantic and European foreign, security, and defence cooperation: the European security architecture. In addition to her professional live Mengelberg has written numerous articles on the UN, NATO, EU, and OSCE, and is the (co-) author of several books on international security studies in general and the deepening, broadening, and widening of EU’s and NATO’s security and defence policy, EU-NATO-OSCE competition and cooperation, and the European security architecture specifically