New AtlanticistDec 21, 2021
By the numbers: The global economy in 2021
By GeoEconomics Center
As the year comes to a close, our GeoEconomics Center experts explore the numbers behind the headlines that best capture the shape of the global economy in 2021—and what lies in store for 2022.
Blog PostOct 6, 2021
Geopolitical change and the emergence of Chinese banking
By Elmar Hellendoorn
Although China's "Big 4" state banks remain focused on supporting domestic Chinese growth and consumption for now, they are also increasingly active across international borders. Their global expansion could seriously challenge the primacy of Western banks and may thus have geopolitical reverberations.
Blog PostFeb 26, 2021
Why tactical bargaining won the EU-China Investment Deal
By Elmar Hellendoorn
In the CAI, traditional political proclivities, institutional dynamics, and tactics superseded Europe’s strategic interest in transatlantic coordination and its consideration of communist China as a ‘systemic rival.’ The EU-China investment agreement was thus neither a strategic embrace of Beijing, nor a European rejection of Washington.
Dr. Elmar Hellendoorn is a nonresident senior fellow in the GeoEconomics Center and the Europe Center. He provides strategic advice and insight on the nexus of geopolitics, global markets, and technology. For over a decade, he was an – inside and outside – advisor across the Netherlands’ Government, where he pioneered economic security as a policy theme.
In parallel to his advisory role, Dr. Hellendoorn worked a researcher at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center, the NATO Defence College, the European University Institute, the Clingendael Institute, and at Utrecht University. He holds a PhD in history; his doctoral research focused on how the interaction of nuclear technology, strategy, and Euro-American diplomacy led to the Atlantic nuclear order in the Cold War. He holds two MA degrees in the history of international relations and European integration from the College of Europe in Bruges and Utrecht University (cum laude).
He has widely published in international outlets, including the Washington Post, the Denver Post, The Diplomat, The National Interest, and Limes, and in most Dutch newspapers. He has also appeared as a commentator on television and radio. Dr. Hellendoorn speaks six languages (NL, EN, FR, ES, IT, GE) and has lived across Europe and in the USA.