Steven Blockmans is Head of the Europe in the World programme at CEPS. He is also a Professor of EU External Relations Law and Governance at the University of Amsterdam. He is the author of The Obsolescence of the European Neighbourhood Policy (Rowman & Littlefield 2017) and Tough Love: the EU’s relations with the Western Balkans (Asser Press 2007).

He served as the leading rapporteur of Task Forces on More Union in European Defence chaired by Javier Solana (2015) and Regroup and Reform: Towards a More Responsive and Effective European Union chaired by Danuta Hübner (2017). For more than 20 years Steven has combined his academic work with training for professionals and contract research carried out for EU and national donors.

He has advised governments of third countries on their relations with the EU and worked on numerous technical assistance projects in wider Europe and Asia. He currently participates in track 1,5 processes between the EU and Russia, and the EU and India.