Country: Netherlands Netherlands

Director: Monika Sie Dhian Ho


Contact: Clingendael Information


The Netherlands Institute of International Relations (‘Clingendael’) is a think tank and diplomatic training institute situated in The Hague. Clingendael’s location – in a park with all the ministries at a short distance – is well chosen to support international exchange and facilitate interactions between practitioners, academia and media. Clingendael covers research on a wide range of issues in international relations including an Asian Studies Programme, an International Energy Programme, and Diplomatic Studies and Security and Conflict Studies. The Clingendael European Studies Programme (CESP) consists of ten researchers and trainers and works closely together with the other Clingendael Programmes. Its main objective is to contextualise current EU developments in longer term trends.

The research addresses a wide range of topics. The areas of expertise within CESP include: EU’s external relations; European governance and better regulation; Justice and Home Affairs, asylum, migration and external borders; EU Climate Policy; EU Institutions; EU Budget; EU Agencies; Internal Market;EU Energy Policy; Negotiation and international culture.

Clingendael’s work involves consultancy projects, academic publications and training. In addition, it operates in the media. It is important for Clingendael’s work work to be well connected to policy makers and experts in the field and to organise seminars and public debates. Clingendael’s events range from organising international workshops on particular topics for senior policy makers to debates with M(E)P’s for the wider public and high level conferences for all types of players. Moreover, Clingendael provides training programmes for different types of organisations and audiences.

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