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12 Jul 2010

Netherlands Institute of International Relations 'Clingendael'

The Netherlands Institute of International Relations ‘Clingendael’ was founded in 1983. The Institute is the leading Dutch think tank and diplomatic academy on international affairs. The institute provides public and private sector organisations with in-depth analysis of global developments in the fields of economic diplomacy, international security and conflict management. The Institute specifically focuses on security and Europe, and the position and the role of the Netherlands.

The Institute is structured within two departments:

  1. Clingendael Research acts in an advisory capacity to the Dutch government, parliament, public organisations and the media, organising regular conferences and seminars. It focuses on Europe, security and conflict issues, diplomacy and the changing geopolitical landscape, with particular attention for Asia and the Middle East.

  2. Clingendael Academy runs training programmes for an international audience, and is home to an MA on International Relations and Diplomacy in cooperation with Leiden University. It offers courses on diplomacy, Europe and the European Union, international security and crisismanagement, and international negotiations.


Clingendael is an independent institute and as such not affiliated with any political, social, or religious movement. As a neutral platform, the Institute is the ideal location for conferences and round tables, with the primary objective of enhancing the public debate on international affairs.

The Clingendael Institute holds a vast network and is among others member of the the Hague Academic Coalition (HAC), an ‘umbrella’ platform of a number of academic institutions in the Hague, which develops activities in the field of peace, justice and international affairs. The Institute is affiliated to the Clingendael International Energy Programme (CIEP).