Armida van Rij

Senior Research Fellow, Europe Programme

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Armida van Rij is a Senior Research Fellow at Chatham House, and heads up the Europe Programme. She spearheads the Institute’s initiatives on the future of the EU, European security policy, and Europe’s role in the world.

Her research has previously focused on geopolitical trends, the future of conflict, and humanitarian policy. She has carried out research and advised governments on a range of foreign and security policy issues, including on geopolitical trends, how to prepare for climate security challenges, humanitarian policy, and counter-terrorism policy.

Armida joined Chatham House as a Research Fellow in the International Security Programme in 2021 where she led the Conflict Analysis Team and worked closely with the British Army. She previously worked with the Policy Institute, King’s College London, and EU Delegation to Myanmar. She is a regular contributor to European and international media, and speaks English, Dutch, French and Italian.

Outside of her role at Chatham House, Armida sits on the Advisory Board of Women in International Security UK (WIIS UK). She holds an MA in Conflict Resolution in Divided Societies from King’s College London, and a BA in International Relations from the University of Sussex.

Past experience

2021-23Research Fellow, International Security Programme, Chatham House
2018-21Research Associate, Policy Institute, King’s College
2016-18Policy Researcher, Policy Institute, King’s College
2014-15Trainee, EU Delegation to Myanmar