The Netherlands Institute of International Relations ‘Clingendael’ 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. Clingendael specifically focuses on the position and the role of the Netherlands. Clingendael achieves its adage ‘to think, analyse and serve’ through research, training, consultancy and information dissemination.
The Netherlands Institute of International Relations ‘Clingendael’ was founded in 1983. It is the result of a merger between five smaller institutes, all of which were active in the field of international relations. Since 2011 Ko Colijn, professor in international security at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam and journalist, is the director of the Clingendael Institute.
As of January 2012 the Institute is structured within two departments: Clingendael Research and Clingendael Academy. Clingendael Research acts in an advisory capacity to the Dutch government, parliament, public organisations and the media, organising regular conferences and seminars. 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.
The Institute also houses the editorial board of the only Dutch language magazine on international relations, the Internationale Spectator (www.internationalespectator.nl), and it offers a home to the secretariat of the Dutch Association for International Affairs (het Nederlands Genootschap voor Internationale Zaken) – NGIZ.