Netherlands Institute of International Relations Clingendael

The Netherlands Institute of International Relations Clingendael or Clingendael Institute (Dutch: Nederlands Instituut voor Internationale Betrekkingen Clingendael or Dutch: Instituut Clingendael) is an independent think tank and diplomatic academy which studies various aspects of international relations. The institute is located in Wassenaar in Huys Clingendael, a 17th-century manor house which is part of the Clingendael estate.

Huys Clingendael

The Clingendael Institute is a leading think tank and academy on international affairs. Clingendael also acts in an advisory capacity to the government, parliament and social organisations, organises conferences and seminars, and publishes Clingendael Magazine 'Spectator', an online monthly on international politics. As of 2012 the Institute is organised into two departments: Clingendael Research and Clingendael Academy.

Clingendael estate

Professor of international labour law and former rector magnificus of Leiden University Paul F. van der Heijden, is Chairman of the Supervisory Council of the Institute. General director of the Clingendael Institute is Monika Sie Dhian Ho.


The Clingendael Institute was founded in 1983 due to the merger of five smaller think-tanks. [1] The institute also received funding and support from the Dutch Ministry of Defense.[2]


The research focus of the institute has changed throughout its history, responding to shifts within the discipline of international relations. Today, the organization focuses much of its research and programming around the European Union and relations between member states, security issues around terrorism and the rule of law, sustainable development, and diplomatic skills such as economic diplomacy, "conflict management, crisis control and negotiation techniques".[1]

Both Clingendael and the Hague Institute for Strategic Studies are contracted by the Ministry of Defense to provide research and analysis of global trends and risks.[3] Clingendael works closely with the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute and the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project to complete these projects.[4]

Clingendael's diplomatic academy has trained foreign service workers from both the Netherlands and outside countries, including Pakistan, Bangladesh and Kosovo. Since 2004, the institute has provided short-term training programs for Indonesian diplomats.[5] In the organization's 2017 Annual Report, Clingendael noted that they trained 640 diplomats from over 150 countries, as well as civil servants from several other countries.[6] Diplomats from Cyprus were trained on trade promotion and public diplomacy skills, diplomats from Bhutan were trained in negotiation techniques, as were the incoming non-permanent members of the United Nations Security Council.[6] Specialists from the Institute traveled to Bulgaria to assist civil servants in the country on how to work with the European Union in Brussels, while others traveled to Tbilisi to train cadets at the Georgian Defense Institution Building School in capacity building.[6]


Today, the institute receives about 75% of its funding from the Dutch Government,[7] primarily the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Defense.[8]


  1. ^ a b "History | Clingendael". Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Wet Stichting Instituut Clingendael". (in Dutch). Ministerie van Binnenlandse Zaken en Koninkrijksrelaties. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Strategic Monitor -". Ministerie van Algemene Zaken. 23 May 2017. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Clingendael - Netherlands Institute for International Relations - Strategic Monitor -". Ministerie van Algemene Zaken. 9 June 2017. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  5. ^ "Fourteen years of training for Indonesian diplomats | Clingendael". Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  6. ^ a b c Clingendael Annual Report 2017 (PDF) (Report). Netherlands Institute of International Relations ‘Clingendael’. November 2018.
  7. ^ "Transparency | Clingendael". Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  8. ^ "Instituut Clingendael". (in Dutch). Europa Nu. Retrieved 9 January 2019.

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