Dr. Willem Martijn Dekker is a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute. He obtained his Ph.D. (2010) from the Department of International Politics at Aberystwyth University, one of the top 3 departments in politics and international relations in the UK. (RAE 2008) For his Ph.D. studies he was awarded a prestigious Aberystwyth Postgraduate Research Studentship. He holds a M.Sc. in Political Science (2006) and a M.A. in Philosophy (2006) from the University of Amsterdam. Martijn was also a visiting student at the University of Aberdeen's Programme in Strategic Studies and the University of Amsterdam's Research Master in Social Sciences.
In the summer of 2009 Dekker participated in the Institute of Qualitative and Multi-Method Research (IQMR, 2009). This summer school teaches advanced graduate students the latest developments in qualitative and mixed-method research. Dekker is also an alumnus of Columbia University’s Summer Workshop on the Analysis of Military Operations and Strategy (SWAMOS, 2008).
Martijn's research interests concern the nexus of international security and research methodology. His primary interest is the empirical analysis of military operations and strategy using advanced quantitative, case-based, and multi-method designs. Martijn has published three articles and has just submitted another article to the Dutch academic journal Vrede & Veiligheid. At the moment, Martijn works on a major multi-method book project titled Compelling the Weak: Coercion and Counter-Coercion in Asymmetric Conflict. He is also working on a smaller project on the Eternal Essence of Strategy and on paper titled ‘Compellence and Counter-Coercive Denial in LINEBACKER II: Why the US Were Successful’ which will be published in the Max Weber Working Paper series.
Martijn’s long-term research agenda and teaching interest concern the application of advanced social scientific methodology to the study of international security and military strategy in particular.