The Project on Managing the Atom will host a conversation with Amb. Marjolijn van Deelen, EU Special Envoy for Non-proliferation and Disarmament, on the EU nuclear non-proliferation strategy, the EU position at the next NPT review conference, the role of the EU in strengthening global nuclear cooperation, and more. Matthew Bunn, James R. Schlesinger Professor of the Practice of Energy, National Security, and Foreign Policy and Co-Principal Investigator of Managing the Atom, will moderate the discussion.

Amb. Marjolijn van Deelen assumed the position of EU Special Envoy for Non-proliferation and Disarmament on September 1, 2020. In that capacity, she represents the EU in matters related to weapons of mass destruction as well as conventional export controls and Small Arms and Light Weapons.

Before joining the EU External Action Service (EEAS), she headed the Non-proliferation, Disarmament and Nuclear Affairs Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands. In February 2019, she was appointed Dutch Ambassador for the Non-Proliferation Treaty. She is designated vice-President of the next NPT review conference chairing the Main Committee on peaceful uses of nuclear energy.

Amb. Van Deelen previously served as head of the Europe Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, responsible for bilateral relations with over 20 countries. She was Deputy Permanent Representative to the Mission of the Netherlands to the UN Organizations in Vienna from 2009 to 2013 where her focus was on IAEA non-proliferation and peaceful uses as well as the CTBT.

She was posted at the Netherlands Embassy in Bucharest as Head of Economic and Trade Affairs. In the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, she held functions in the Middle East department, the UN department and in Environmental issues. She also served in Costa Rica with regional accreditation. She entered the Dutch Foreign Service in 1994.

Amb. Van Deelen holds a Masters in Geophysics from the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands, as well as a BA in Economics from the American University in Washington, D.C.