About Me


Nick Ottens is a contributing analyst and project manager for the geostrategic consultancy Wikistrat. He edits the transatlantic news and commentary website Atlantic Sentinel and has been published in Asia Times OnlineElsevierThe Prague PostThe National Interest and The Seoul Times. At Leiden University, he researched Muslim revivalist movements and terrorism in nineteenth century Arabia, British India and the Sudan.

Employment history


Project Manager
Since January 2014

Managing crowdsourced strategic simulations and other analytic activities on Wikistrat’s interactive, Web 2.0 platform.


Contributing Analyst
Since April 2011

Contribute to strategic analyses of international relations, conflict resolution, economic policy and risk management.

Chief Editor
Since November 2009

Research, write and edit articles that appear on the website, ranging from foreign policy analyses to political news.

Dagelijkse Standaard

October 2011 – July 2014

Covered Dutch politics and foreign affairs for this Dutch commentary and opinion blog.

Prague Post

Europe Correspondent
January 2013 – July 2013

Covered European and Russian geopolitics and economic policy.


March 2012 – June 2012

Wrote weekly international news digest and analyses of Iraqi-Turkish relations and North Korea’s regime.


Universiteit Leiden

Research Master, History of European Expansion and Globalization

Thesis subject: Muslim extremism in nineteenth century Arabia, India and Sudan

Universiteit Leiden

Bachelor of Arts, History

Thesis subject: The causes of the First Anglo-Afghan War