Erwin van Veen is a senior research fellow with Clingendael's Conflict Research Unit. He is an expert in the politics of security and justice in conflict prone environments with a complementary focus on the Middle East. He also leads the unit's security and justice research programme. His latest publications include an analysis of the possibilities for justice innovation in Mali and an assessment of the politics of security in Lebanon. Recent field work ranges from Guinea and Yemen in 2014, to Lebanon, Mali, Ethiopia and Afghanistan in 2015. He also facilitated in the creation of the New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States and is a driving force behind The Hague’s Knowledge Platform Security and Rule of Law. He was previously a peacebuilding and conflict specialist at the OECD, and before that a security and development advisor at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.