About Me

Nick Ottens

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

Wikistrat

Project Manager
Since January 2014

Overseeing and guiding the activity of Wikistrat’s analytic network in various crowdsourced strategic simulations.

Wikistrat

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 economics and defense news.

Dagelijkse Standaard

Contributor
October 2011 – July 2014

Covering Dutch politics and foreign affairs for the Netherlands’ leading right-wing commentary and opinion blog.

Prague Post

Europe Correspondent
January 2013 – July 2013

Covering European and Russian geopolitics and economic policy.

Elsevier

Intern
March 2012 – June 2012

Interned for the magazine’s foreign desk. Wrote weekly international news as well as analyses of Iraqi-Turkish relations and the North Korean regime.

Education

Universiteit Leiden

Research Master, History of European Expansion and Globalization
2011

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

Universiteit Leiden

Bachelor of Arts, History
2009

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