Linde Arentze


Linde is a Researcher at the Intimacies of Remote Warfare. Her research focuses on the global development of advanced (autonomous) military technology and its effects on military-industrial relations, civil-military relations, and the character of warfare. Besides her work at IRW, Linde is part of the interdisciplinary core team at the NIOD Institute for War Holocaust and Genocide Studies tasked by the Dutch government with investigating twenty years of Western interventionism in Afghanistan. She combines her work at IRW and NIOD with a PhD trajectory at the Centre for Conflict Studies at Utrecht University. Prior to joining the Afghanistan project, Linde worked as a Strategic Analyst at the Dutch defence and security think tank The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies (HCSS), where she conducted research on various strategic defence and security issues for the Dutch Ministry of Defence and the the Dutch National Police. Linde holds a Master's degree in Conflict Studies and Human Rights (cum laude, 2022) and a Bachelor's degree in History of International Relations from Utrecht University (2021). Throughout her studies, Linde conducted various internships at IRW (2022), the Dutch Ministry of Defence’s Directorate-General Policy (2022), and the Dutch Ministry of Defence’s Institute for Military History (2021). During her Master’s thesis project, these internships enabled her to conduct fieldwork within the defence innovation landscape as she set out to investigate how two developments - entrepreneurialism in the tech sector and the pursuit of autonomous military technology by the Dutch Ministry of Defence - are reshaping the Dutch military-industrial complex. The thesis has been adapted into a book chapter to be published in 2024.